Anti-Doping Control Laboratory

Developed by: Institut Hospital del Mar d’Investigacions Mèdiques



The Anti-Doping Control Laboratory of Barcelona pertains to the IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) Neurosciences Research Programme. The IMIM is located in urban region of the city of Barcelona and is part of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) complex, some 20 minutes away from the Barcelona Airport by motorway.

The Anti-Doping Control Laboratory of Barcelona is a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) authorized laboratory. Since 1985, when it was authorized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it has been conducting anti-doping controls at national and international sport competitions on athletes and animals.

The Laboratory has conducted anti-doping controls at important sport events: including the Barcelona Olympic and Paralympic Games, 1992; the Pan-American Games of Havana, 1991; the Pan-American Games in Mar de Plata, 1995; the Asian Games in Bangkok, 1998; and the 10th FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, 2003; etc.

The Laboratory is certified by the National Certification Entity (ENAC) in accordance with the criteria of the international standard ISO/IEC 17025. It obtained its first certification in 2000 under the criteria of the standards EN45001 and the ISO Guide 25.

Since its foundation, the primary objective of the Anti-Doping Control Laboratory of Barcelona has been to offer high quality and reliable services.

The main lines of research are aimed at developing improvements and new methods in the field of drug testing in sport as well as optimizing the Laboratory Quality Control.

On the hand, the Anti-Doping Control Laboratory of Barcelona participates in supervision and training programmes for the purpose of providing other laboratories and authorities with the means required to operate and manage their activities and maximize their resources.

The Anti-Doping Control Laboratory offers its services to public and private entities that follow the principles established in the World Anti-Doping Code.