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The development of the testing program is one of the core functions of the department. Here, the testing department considers in particular the use of new substances and methods. Similarly, the entire work of the department is optimized through the exchange with service providers, laboratories, sports federations, other anti-doping organizations, and last but not least with the athletes.

Controls can be carried out with more efficiency and intelligence, due to the improved provision and evaluation of information. The two German WADA-accredited laboratories have contributed greatly to the development. The implementation of new methods of analysis and the exchange with international experts allows the laboratories to offer an increasing spectrum of analysis. Furthermore, the testing department contributes to promoting global equality, through international exchange on different task areas and the implementation of WADA regulations.

Below is a non-completed overview of exemplary developments in the last 10 years. For a more detailed picture please see the annual reports of NADA.

Dried Blood Spot (DBS)

The Dried Blood Spot (DBS) test is a technique which has been used for more than 50 years in newborn screening to detect metabolic disorders. The advantage here is the minimal invasive procedure and the relatively small volumes (drops of blood) required for analysis. The WADA-accredited laboratory at the German Sport University Cologne has the necessary technical equipment to detect the substances contained in a drop of blood using highly sensitive chromatographic and mass spectrometric methods.