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UCI to make changes to anti-doping program following audit

An audit of the UCI’s anti-doping efforts concluded that the biological passport program is working well. The governing body also said it will make changes suggested in the study’s results.

The audit, conducted by the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO), reviewed five aspects of the UCI’s anti-doping program: Test distribution planning; training and accreditation of doping control personnel; doping control procedures; results management; and data security, access to information and information flow controls.

The audit team included Anne Cappelen, the director of systems and results management at Anti-Doping Norway, and Marjorit Nurmi, the quality manager at the Finnish Anti-Doping Agency.

“I would like to thank iNADO for conducting this important audit and for its recommendations to help enhance the effectiveness of the UCI Anti-Doping program,” UCI President Brian Cookson said in a press release. “I was pleased that the audit found that the Biological Passport program is outstanding and that Results Management is excellent.

“The UCI will now make the necessary changes to policies, structures and procedures in order to further improve the program and ensure compliance with the 2015 WADA code.”

The UCI ordered the audit after Cookson became UCI president last September.

The iNADO audit is separate from the Cycling Independent Reform Commission, which is digging into the UCI’s background as it investigates allegations of wrongdoing.

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