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The International Testing Agency (ITA) is an international organisation constituted as a not-for-profit foundation, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Its mission is to manage anti-doping programs, independent from sporting or political powers, for International Federations (IFs), Major Event Organisers (MEOs) and all other anti-doping organisations requesting support.
The ITA is the result of a desire for a united and independent approach to keeping sport clean – free of any perceived or actual conflict of interest.
The following are the key events leading to the foundation of the ITA:
Yes, the ITA provides independent anti-doping programs to over 60 partners. Independence is one of the organisation’s main principles as the ITA was created to reduce real or potential conflicts of interest in anti-doping.
The ITA’s independence relies on the following main pillars:
The ITA is partnering with over 60 International Federations and Major Event Organisers.
You can find more information on who those partners are and what activities the ITA is managing on their behalf in our partner section.
The International Testing Agency (ITA) itself is not a Signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code.
Code Signatories are International Federations (IFs), Major Event Organisers (MEOs), National/Regional Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs/RADOs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs).
The ITA implements comprehensive, expert-led anti-doping programs or parts of these programs on behalf of Code Signatories in strict compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and its connected International Standards.
The ITA offers the full range of activities required to run comprehensive anti-doping programs for our partners. You can find more information on our range of expertise here.
Next to our work for our partners’ individual clean sport programs, we also support global anti-doping efforts through various initiatives:
The amount of doping controls that the ITA implements each year depends on the volume of its partnerships and the level of the delegation of its partners’ anti-doping programs.
Currently, the ITA collects over 36’000 samples per year.
The ITA is an independent international organisation that manages comprehensive anti-doping programs for International Federations, Major Event Organisers and any other organisations, in line with the WADA Code and Standards. The ITA’s activities include testing, education, results management, intelligence & investigations, science & medical services, among others.
The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) primary role is to develop, harmonise and coordinate anti-doping rules and policies across all sports and countries. Their key activities include ensuring and monitoring the effective implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code and the International Standards, scientific research and accreditation of laboratories, education and social science research, intelligence and investigations, results management and building anti-doping capacity with anti-doping organisations worldwide.
In short, the ITA implements anti-doping programs, including testing, in compliance with WADA’s guidelines and standards. As a governing body, WADA does not implement anti-doping programs for Code Signatories.
More information on the roles of various stakeholders in the anti-doping system can be found in the following video: