The United Physique Competitors Anti-Doping Agency (UPCAA) representing the sport of natural bodybuilding has, therefore, adopted the WADA guidelines for drug testing and has, further, contracted with WADA as its “go-to” testing facilitator.
What does this mean for UPCAA member organizations?
- UPCAA member organizations must comply with the WADA banned substance list in its entirety.
- Urine samples must be provided by EVERY contestant at EVERY contest.
- Urine samples are mandated to be tested at EVERY contest even when said contestants may have been previously tested at other recent contests.
- Only UPCAA-contracted collection services may be used to collect contest urine samples to ensure quality control standards and strict compliance with WADA protocols.
- UPCAA policy requires that all contest urine samples must be tested at official WADA laboratories ONLY.
- Urine test failures will be reported by WADA to the UPCAA which will, in turn, communicate the names of the failed athletes to all UPCAA member organizations and to the media not later than ten (10) days of receipt of the results for full transparency. UPCAA member organizations will report the results to the individual athletes accordingly – orally AND in writing – together with a complete explanation of the athlete’s recourse. UPCAA member organizations further agree to post said failures on their respective websites within ten (10) days of the date after which they have been notified by the UPCAA of the test results.
- Athletes who fail a urine test will have the uncontested right to have their urine sample retested to confirm or refute the presence of a banned substance by requesting t the UPCAA – in writing – of such retest within ten (10) days after they have been notified by the UPCAA of their initial test results. The cost of a retest shall be borne entirely by the athletes with the understanding, however, that if the retest shows no presence of any banned substance, the previously-failed athletes will be reimbursed for the cost of the retest by the contest promoter and their drug-free status restored.
- When athletes are minors (under the age of 18) UPCAA policy requires that said minors be accompanied by a parent or athlete representative at all times during the sample collection procedure, including in the washroom area. The representative, however, will not witness nor participate in the passing of the sample. If minor athletes should elect not to have a representative present, the Designated Collection Officer (DCO) or chaperone may ask a third party to be present. The third party, in this instance, will also not witness the passing of the sample but will witness the observing DCO or chaperone.
As the creators of performance-enhancing drugs continue to improve their sophistication, potency and transparency, WADA will also seek new and innovative ways to detect these drugs which will give the UPCAA the continuing support and resources to provide member organizations with the most current and effective testing .