Testing (doping control) is DFSNZ's main priority and is conducted both nationally and internationally.This involves urine and blood testing and a "Whereabouts Programme" for athletes in testing pools.
The primary role of testing is to deter and detect the use of prohibited substances.
The processes involved in doping control include: test planning, collection of samples and their handling, laboratory analysis, therapeutic use exemptions, results management, hearings and appeals.
DFSNZ also conducts doping control tests on behalf of other World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code signatories, including other National Anti-Doping Organisations. DFSNZ conducts doping control tests or athlete testing in approximately 50 sports in New Zealand.
Standards and Certification
All testing is conducted in compliance with mandatory WADA International Standards and in line with the best international practice. DFSNZ maintains an ISO Certification as an independent check that all procedures meet those standards.
Who can be tested and when?
Registered athletes in a code compliant sport can be tested anywhere, anytime at no notice. Generally only athletes competing in open age national events or above are tested.
There are two instances where testing can take place:
IN-COMPETITION = after competing, (For example, directly after an NPC Rugby
game,) or during a tournament/event such as Olympics or Commonwealth Games.
OUT-OF-COMPETITION = Any other time (training, home, hotel room etc.).
What happens if an athlete refuses to be tested?
If an athlete is selected and refuses to undergo a test or fails to comply with the correct testing procedure, he/she will be reported as a failure to comply with a request to provide a sample and any sanction that is applied will be in accordance with the Rules/World Anti-Doping Code. If there is no acceptable reason, it is likely that a two year ban will be applied.