By Nicola Hargreaves on 23/02/12 at 2:26 am
The ITU Anti-doping team would like to congratulate the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) for achieving accreditation in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ISO 9001:2008 – a global system of quality assessment.
According to RUSADA “the strategic decision to introduce the quality management system was taken by RUSADA with support of the Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation, one of the RUSADA co-founders. The certification process was also a part of a three-year agreement concluded between RUSADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency and Anti-Doping Norway in 2009.
The Quality Management System developed and maintained by RUSADA identifies all critical tasks in the doping control program, the education and information program, international tasks, and all relevant projects and commissions. The system is in accordance with the rules and regulations of the World Anti-Doping Code and the International Standards, the law of the Russian Federation, Olympic and Paralympic Committe and ISO 9001. Processes and requirements are identified in procedures and related documents.
“The achievement of an ISO-certified system is a great step forward for anti-doping procedures in Russia,” Ramil Khabriev, Director General, RUSADA, commented. “We have been thoroughly preparing for the introduction of the quality management system in our organization, and we are happy to have managed to improve all our activities in a short period of time and to bring them to the compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code. Owing to our efforts and to the close cooperation with WADA and ADN, RUSADA has entered the list of the leading national anti-doping organizations accredited in accordance with ISO 9001. We hope that this achievement will help us to continue and intensify our fight against doping in sport”.”