Chromatography technology selected for FIFA anti-doping tests

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AB SCIEX's liquid chromatography-based technology and Agilent's gas chromatgraphy technology selected for FIFA anti-doping test.

South Africa’s only World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory, the Free State University Sports Doping Laboratory, will conduct the testing for the FIFA World Cup using AB SCIEX technology, which is based on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS-MS). The technology enables comprehensive and accurate detection and identification of banned substances that violate anti-doping policies.

“Our goal for the World Cup is to accurately identify the use of performance-enhancing drugs in support of the FIFA World Cup’s anti-doping policies. We are using state-of-the-art instrumentation to uncover and stay ahead of emerging ways to mask doping, so those who might be tempted to artificially enhance their performance on the field should beware. Along with our highly sophisticated test methods, AB SCIEX systems deliver testing capabilities that are among the most advanced ever used for the World Cup,” said Piet van der Merwe, PhD, director of the Doping Control Laboratory at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


“The FIFA World Cup is one of the most revered and anticipated events in all of sports. The organizers of this event are committed to a zero tolerance policy when it comes to competitors attempting to gain an unfair advantage through the use of performance-enhancing drugs. AB SCIEX technology is providing highly sensitive and accurate detection capabilities, which have been successfully used at other global sporting competitions,” said Joe Anacleto, PhD, vice president and general manager of the Applied Markets and Clinical Research Business at the company.