India develops new rare chemical RMs to strengthen anti-doping test

Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur launches new rare chemical Reference Materials in New Delhi on April 03, 2022. (Photo/PIB)

New Delhi: Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur on April 3, 2022, launched new rare chemical Reference Materials to strengthen anti-doping testing.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports informed in a press release that in a breakthrough achievement, the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) has indigenously developed six new and rare Reference Materials (RMs), which is the purest form of chemical required for anti-doping analysis in all World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratories across the world.

The six RMs have been developed in less than a year by the NDTL in association with the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)-Guwahati and the CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), Jammu.

With the creation of these RMs, the NDTL has earned itself the recognition of being one of the few labs in the world where such RMs have been developed, the release said.

The launch of these Reference Materials will ensure improved anti-doping testing which is in line with the Sports Ministry’s commitment towards promotion and effective implementation of anti-doping programmes in the country with the sole objective of fair play in sports, it added.

Thakur applauded the scientists of the three institutions who have worked tirelessly to create these Reference Materials.

He termed the achievement as a step towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in the field of anti-doping science.

Very soon, we will also be exporting these RMs to other countries, Thakur said.

According to the Ministry, the research for these Reference Materials started last year, and out of the six Reference Materials launched, three were synthesized in collaboration with NIPER-Guwahati and three with CSIR-IIIM, Jammu.

Last year too, scientists of NDTL and NIPER-Guwahati succeeded in synthesizing two indigenously developed rare Reference Materials in 2021 which were launched and shared with fellow WADA- Accredited Laboratories. (Press Release)

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