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Medication controls on horses

Since 2011, NADA has been conducting medication controls on behalf of the German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports (DOKR) and the German equestrian federation (FN). This control system is being supervised and coordinated by a trained in-house veterinarian. All squad horses of the Olympic disciplines are tested out-of-competition.

FN’s anti-doping & medications controls regulations „Anti-Doping- und Medikamentenkontrollregeln“ (ADMR) has been compiled to reflect the provisions of the National Anti-Doping Code (NADC) and constitutes the basis for sample collection. The Standard for the Organisation (BE) of Medication Controls on Horses out-of-competition is given in annex IV. This Standard was adopted in April 2015 by the FN’s advisory board for sports and provides the procedures to be followed at medication controls – from the planning and preparation of controls to the sample collection itself and the results management of analysis findings.

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TÜV certificate "Safe against Corona"

NADA has had tested the implementation of the protection and hygiene concept of medication controls for horses externally by TÜV Hessen. NADA Germany has been certified for this area with the quality seal "Safe against Corona".

Hygiene measures in the medication control system

Objective: Protect the athletes, control attendants and control staff during the conduct of medication controls from the transmission of infectious diseases through the effective application of universal precautions and hygiene measures.

NADA conducts comprehensive training or education of control personnel regarding the prevention measures to be considered. This also includes educating and sensitizing the control staff about the general requirements for the control staff themselves as well as the generally applicable precautionary and hygiene measures during the inspection process.

The control staff is equipped with appropriate protective equipment. This includes FFP-2 protective masks or surgical masks, disposable gloves, a sufficient number of pens, and hand and surface disinfectants (virucidal).

All participants in the medication controls, i.e. the control staff and also the athletes or control attendants, wear a mouth and nose cover during the entire medication control. In addition, a minimum distance of 1.5m between all participants must be observed. The control staff do not shake hands. Only disinfected or disposable materials are used.

During the rule-compliant notification of medication control on horses at the first contact, the athlete or control attendant is asked whether he/she is ill or has COVID-19 symptoms. This also applies to persons living in the household of the athlete or control attendant. In addition, it must be asked whether there is a person living in the athlete's household who, according to the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Profile of the RKI, belongs to a risk group "for severe courses of disease".

The regular procedure for refusing of testing also applies to controls carried out during the COVID 19 pandemic. If athletes or control attendants are not prepared to continue with the test after notification, they will be made aware of the possible consequences of refusal or non-compliance with the relevant anti-doping rules of the FN.

The implementation of the hygiene concept is recorded by the control staff in the form of checklists during medication checks.

In addition, the conditions on site are checked in advance by medication controls to determine whether there are any problems caused by an official order, increasing numbers of infections, etc. If there are any changes in the respective area, the conduct of the control must be postponed or cancelled.

Contact Medication controls on horses

Contact person
Dr. Julia Otten

Telephone Number
+49 (0) 228 / 812 92 - 142
Fax Number
+49 (0) 228 / 812 92 - 249
Email Address
pferd[at]nada.de

The Standard ’s objective is the meticulous planning of controls and sample collection out-of-competition. Furthermore, it aims toto maintain the integrity and identity of the samples collected, from the point of notification of the person responsible or delegated to care for the horse to be controlled, leading all the way up to the arrival of the samples in the lab. To support the process of preparing for tournaments, training should be accompanied by medication controls to oversee exercise physiological parameters.