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Sample Collection – A Step-By-Step Guide

Anti-doping sample collection paperwork

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The following is an outline of the process for providing a doping sample. It gives information on what is expected of you, and the standards you should expect from the doping control officer (DCO) or chaperone assigned to your test.

  1. A UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) doping control officer or chaperone will notify you in writing that you have been selected for a drug test. You will be asked to sign the form to acknowledge that you have been advised of your rights and have received the notice.
  2. A chaperone will accompany you to a doping control station where sealed drinks should be provided by the governing body responsible for the event.
  3. When you are ready to provide a sample, you will be asked to select a sealed collection vessel from a choice of vessels and go to the toilet area with the DCO.
  4. You are required to provide a urine sample under direct supervision of the DCO. You must remove sufficient clothing so that the DCO can directly observe you providing the sample.
  5. On your return to the doping control station you will be asked to select a sealed urine sampling kit. You should check that the security seal is intact and if you are satisfied open the kit.
  6. You will then be asked to divide your sample between the A and B bottles. A small amount of urine should be left in the collection vessel so that the DCO can check the sample for pH and specific gravity.
  7. Next you will be invited to check that the two bottles are tightly sealed and that there is no leakage.
  8. The DCO will test the suitability of the sample by measuring the pH and specific gravity.
  9. The DCO will record the sample numbers on the sample collection form. You will also be invited to declare any medications, substances or supplements that you have taken in the seven days before testing.
  10. The DCO will ask you to check the information on the sample collection form and if you are satisfied it is accurate, to sign the form. The DCO will also check the information and sign the form.

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