The CCES Introduces Paperless Doping Control in Canada

(Ottawa, Ontario – July 11, 2016) - The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport’s (CCES) new paperless doping control system will be phased in starting this month. Doping control officers (DCOs) will begin using tablets to collect athlete and sample information during doping control sessions, using an application which has earned the support of athletes and their entourage in the United States.

Our rollout across Canada is phased so that we can test and verify our compliance with the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) through every step of the process. In the first phase of the paperless rollout, about 20% of our DCOs will be using the paperless system for selected out-of-competition tests. Beginning this month, some athletes will experience the paperless system when they are selected for doping control, but many will continue to experience our longstanding paper system for several months to come.

All athletes subject to doping control should be aware that:

  • Doping control session data will be recorded both on paper and a tablet during the first phase of the rollout period.
  • Doping control forms will not be printed during the paperless session. Athletes will receive their paperwork via email within 24 hours of the session.
  • Sample analysis results will still be available through ADAMS for those athletes with accounts. Athletes who do not have an ADAMS account but would like to know their results should email results@cces.ca, until the new system is fully in place.

The CCES anticipates that the paperless system will:

  • Reduce errors in the field by pre-populating and auto-checking data.
  • Decrease time to complete the sample collection session.
  • Increase efficiency processing data in the office and at the laboratory.
  • Reduce costs related to shipping and printing. (The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) reports an 86% reduction in shipping costs and a 59% reduction in printing costs.)

The paperless application is part of a suite of tools developed by USADA, and is currently in use by national anti-doping organizations in Switzerland, New Zealand and Ireland. 

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The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the CADP. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. The CCES acknowledges funding, in part, from the Government of Canada. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.

 

For further information, please contact:

Megan Cumming
Manager, Corporate Communications
+1 613-521-3340 x3233
mcumming@cces.ca

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