King’s College London: Drug Control Centre prepares for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The DCC is the UK’s only World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited lab and will work in partnership with UKAD, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Birmingham 2022, to deliver a comprehensive anti-doping programme during the Games.

The DCC tests on average 12,000 samples a year and its team will be joined by experts from other accredited anti-doping laboratories.

Urine and blood samples from those competing at the Games will be processed at the King’s-based laboratory. The laboratory operations will be conducted in accordance with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), and the tests will be carried out according to WADAs Prohibited List 2022. The list includes banned substances like anabolic agents, stimulants, narcotics, beta-2 agonists, diuretics, peptide hormones and growth factors etc.

We are delighted to be working with UKAD and the Commonwealth Games Federation to deliver the testing programme for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. It’s a huge honour to have this responsibility and we take pride in the fact that our work contributes to the overarching goal of fair and clean sport.
– Professor Kim Wolff, the Director of King’s Forensics and Head of the Drug Control Centre
Earlier this year, UKAD celebrated collecting 100,000 samples since 2009, many of which were processed at the DCC. The DCC and UKAD have been in partnership since that time and work closely together to achieve a comprehensive anti-doping programme for UK athletes.