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Drug Free Sport Staff Writers
Friday, April 1, 2016
Drug Free Sport Talks International Business: IDTM and WADA-Compliant Testing
Drug Free Sport engaged in a new partnership with IDTM, a
European leader in anti-doping and drug testing. We sat down for a Q&A with
Ben Mosier, Director of Professional Sports Drug Testing at Drug Free Sport, to
gain more insight on the details of our partnership with IDTM and WADA-Compliant
Q: So, Drug Free Sport has a partnership with
IDTM. Can you explain the partnership to me?
A: IDTM stands for International
Doping Tests & Management. They are a world-wide anti-doping service
provider that is based out of Stockholm, Sweden. Essentially, IDTM and Drug
Free Sport are peer companies, separated by an ocean. IDTM takes care of European
drug tests, while Drug Free Sport takes care of American drug tests.
Q: Does IDTM test in the same high-quality
structure that Drug Free Sport does?
A: Yes, IDTM has a global network
of certified Doping Control Officers (DCO) and Blood Collection Officers (BCO).
These individuals provide collection services to International Sports
Federations, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), National Anti-Doping
Organizations, and Independent Sports Organizations.
Q: What is IDTM’s main focus?
A: They mainly test Olympic sport
testing, both In-Competition and Out-of-Competition. However, they are also
allowed to perform services for non-Olympic sports as well, since they are a
Q: How do Drug Free Sport and IDTM work
A: With the large increase in U.S.-based
collection work, IDTM has trained a select group of strategically-located Drug
Free Sport DCOs to complete collection work for them. Equally, Drug Free Sport
has trained and utilized several IDTM DCOs globally for Drug Free Sport client-specific
Q: You spoke about IDTM providing collections
for WADA; can Drug Free Sport do the same?
A: Yes, Drug Free Sport is able to
perform WADA-compliant tests like IDTM. However, most of Drug Free Sport’s
clients are not bound by the WADA code. This means that they have the ability
to customize their own testing programs. For example, they are able to
determine the substances tested for, testing frequencies and procedures, and their
Q: The Summer Olympics are starting in August.
How will they impact Drug Free Sport’s drug testing?
A: If an athlete is participating
or trying out for an Olympic team, but is a player within our U.S.-based client
testing program (NBA, PGA Tour, LPGA, and certain NCAA sports), they must
adhere to both WADA-sanctioned testing as well as the testing programs of the
professional or collegiate leagues they fall under.
Q: How will the Olympics directly impact the
athletes competing in both the Olympiad and a professional or collegiate league?
A: The athlete will see an increase
in overall testing, both out-of-competition and in-competition. There will also
be more stringent policies and sanctions to follow, along with multiple
collection agencies and personnel performing the testing.
Drug Free Sport is enthusiastic about our partnership with
IDTM and is ready to further our mission to ‘ensure fair and safe sport’.