CCES Updates COVID-19 Testing Protocols

Ottawa – October 18, 2022 – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has implemented a simplified COVID-19 Directive to replace the current supplemental procedures, effective October 14, 2022. The new directive describes the COVID-19 health and safety measures that sample collection personnel, including doping control officers, blood collection officers, and chaperones, will adhere to when completing a testing mission.

While many provinces have eased their COVID-19 health restrictions and mandates, athlete health and safety remain a top priority for the CCES. The following requirements remain in place for sample collection personnel:

  • Proof of vaccination,
  • COVID-19 self-assessments, guided by symptoms and positive tests, which determine whether the mission goes forward.

While athletes may notice few changes in the sample collection procedures, the following health and safety measures remain in effect:

  • Athletes and participants, such as support personnel and representatives, will be presented with an updated COVID-19 screening questionnaire (version date 10-2022),
  • Masks for all sample collection personnel,
  • Physical distancing where possible, and
  • Use of hand sanitizer.

Masks are no longer required for athletes and participants, though they are strongly encouraged, and sample collection personnel will provide them to anyone who wants to wear one.

Thank you to all Canadian athletes and support personnel for their ongoing commitment to clean sport throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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About the CCES

The CCES works collaboratively to ensure Canadians have a positive sport experience. Through its programs, the CCES manages unethical issues in sport, protects the integrity of Canadian sport, and promotes True Sport to activate values-based sport on and off the field of play. The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization that is responsible for the administration of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. The CCES acknowledges funding, in part, from the Government of Canada. For more information, visit, follow us on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram


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