Between 11th and 13th January 2019, the CADF organised its certification seminar for Doping Control Officers (DCOs) at the Centre of Research & Expertise in Anti-Doping Sciences (REDs) in the University of Lausanne. 54 DCOs, including 5 new members, coming from 27 different countries attended this very important seminar that takes place every 2 years.
Day 1 was dedicated to the new DCOs and started with a short presentation by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) on the world of cycling today and with the role of the CADF. The education seminar then covered multiple operational areas, ranging from the various procedures of appropriate sample collection to the administration of samples post-collection, including temporary storage and shipment to the chosen WADA accredited laboratory.
Day 2 launched with a joint update from the CADF and REDs on the evolution of doping, before focusing on subjects such as intelligence gathering, legal aspects and UCI’s medical policies. The new UCI project dedicated to the detection of Tramadol was also presented since CADF is responsible for all the corresponding logistical aspects. The CADF introduced then the forthcoming CADF projects and objectives to the participants.
Day 3 looked more specifically into the DCOs activities, including on field experiences reported by the more experienced DCOs, focusing the attention to the peculiarities of the different cycling disciplines. Suggestions of DCOs code of conduct with riders and media, were provided to the audience.
The CADF Doping Control Officers act on behalf of CADF, conduct doping controls on athletes during UCI events. This valuable role can be performed only by certified people who can obtain their accreditation by passing an exam that was scheduled at the end of the 3rd day.