National Dope Testing Laboratory – UPSC Prelims

National Dope Testing Laboratory(NDTL):
  • NDTL is a premier analytical testing & research organization established as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • It is the only laboratory in the country responsible for human sports dope testing.
  • It has regained the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accreditation.
  • Significance:
    • NDTL accreditation was suspended in 2019 because of its failure to comply with global standards.
    • During the suspension period, urine samples collected by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) were being sent primarily to the WADA-accredited lab in Doha.
    • The process had made the anti-doping programme very expensive for the country because of the significant cost involved in sending samples abroad.
    • Hence, getting back the accreditation will reduce the cost and will be a boost to India’s efforts to achieve the highest global standards of excellence in sport.