Jakarta, 15 January 2024
IADO and the National Doping Center for Analytical Sciences and National Doping Test Institute of the Mahidol University of Thailand signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Doping Control at IADO’s office on January 15th, 2024. IADO was represented by the Chairman of IADO and NDCC by the Deputy Director of Analytical Sciences and National Doping Test Institute Mrs. Buranaratt Songpanthu, MPA. Such MoU is not the first time to be signed, because it used to do it every year to ensure the delivery of sample from IADO to NDCC and the analytical process in the WADA accredited anti-doping laboratory are managed properly. There are obviously many WADA accredited anti-doping laboratories such as in Bangkok, Sydney, Doha, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Seibersdorf (Germany), Ghen (Belgium), Rio de Janeiro, Montreal, Havana, Helsinki, Paris, Cologne (Germany), Kreischa (Germany), London, Roma, Oslo, Warsaw, Lisbon, Bloemfontein (South Africa), Bucharest, Barcelona, Madrid, Stockholm, Lausanne, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. Until 3 years ago, NADO of Indonesia sent the samples to New Delhi and then Doha. However, in the last 2 years ago, those have been sent to Bangkok.
Prior to the signing of the MoU, IADO led the meeting attended by Mrs. Buranaratt Songpanthu, the officials from the Jakarta Regional Health Laboratory Agency led by dr. Budi Wibowo, and the representative of the Surabaya State University dr. Rizky Patria Nevangga (lecturer of the Faculty of Medical Affairs of the Surabaya State University). The purpose of the meeting was to learn from NDCC on how they set up the anti-doping laboratory in Bangkok. Prior to the discussion, the Chairman of IADO stated that the discussion does not aim to set up a competitor to the laboratory in Bangkok in the very short time, because it would enable the stakeholders in Indonesia to understand more deeply that it is not easy to set up the anti-doping laboratory, which does not relate to the financial sources only, but it relates to the requirement stipulated by WADA. Fortunately, Mrs. Buranaratt Songpanthu was very cooperative to share the experiences of the Bangkok laboratory. Principally, she informed the audiences that all of the laboratories are fully mandatory to comply with the World Anti-Doping Code and especially the International Standards of Laboratories. At the end, all parties at the meeting agreed to continue their communication.