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LGC’s US Sport Science lab fully accredited by Racing Meditation and Testing Consortium (RMTC)

17 Jun 2013
Tags:  Sport
17 June 2013 - LGC’s US Sports Science laboratory, in Lexington, Kentucky, is one of the two first laboratories to be fully-accredited under the Racing Meditation and Testing Consortium (RMTC) Laboratory Accreditation program.
Dr. Richard Sams, Lab Director for Animal Sports in Lexington, said, “This accreditation is important recognition of the high standards of performance that the laboratory meets. Furthermore, it identifies our laboratory as one of only two in the US that are now qualified to perform testing in those racing jurisdictions that have adopted the recent drugs and medication reforms requirement to use an RMTC-accredited laboratory for testing.”
Dr. Robert Lewis, Chairperson of the RMTC board, said, “The accreditation marks the culmination of many months of effort by each of these laboratories to demonstrate that they meet the strict standards of expertise and proficiency required by the program. The accreditation process is an important step forward in protecting the welfare of our equine and human athletes as well as the integrity of horse racing.” 
Meanwhile, Dr. Dionne Benson, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the RMTC, said, “The purpose of the RMTC accreditation process and Quality Assurance Program is to ensure that all laboratories are operating at the same high level of proficiency.”
The RMTC consists of 24 racing industry stakeholders and organizations that represent Thoroughbred, Standardbred, American Quarter Horse and Arabian racing. The organization works to develop and promote uniform rules, policies and testing standards at the national level; coordinate research and educational programs that seek to ensure the integrity of racing and the health and welfare of racehorses and participants; and protect the interests of the racing public.
The accreditation of the US lab follows hot on the heels of last week’s Brussels summit to harmonise banned substance-testing programmes for sport supplements around Europe which was convened by LGC’s Sports Science experts.
For further details on the RMTC and their accreditation process click here.