Competition Animal Drug Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program

A2LA provides an effective way to evaluate, recognize, and accredit qualified laboratories.

A2LA’s Competition Animal Drug Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program covers a wide variety of screening and confirmatory methodologies for the detection and identification of prohibited substances and their metabolites (and derivatives thereof) under state or regulatory authorities.

The sample collection and laboratory analyses include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Matrices of animal fluids, tissue, and other biological materials
  • Associated pharmaceutical preparations and paraphernalia

Applications for accreditation may be made for one or more specific testing technologies, matrices, and substances. This program is designed to meet the requirements of the Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC).

A major objective of this program is to provide an effective way for individuals and organizations to evaluate and recognize qualified laboratories. A2LA’s laboratory assessments are thorough, balanced, and integrated, reflecting our coordination of individual and industry requirements.
A2LA works with government and non-government users as well as racing and gaming authorities, associations, and commissions to realize this objective.

This specialty program is covered under the A2LA Chemical field of testing.

Program Requirements

  • ISO/IEC 17025 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories
  • Additional, specific requirements that reflect internationally accepted accreditation criteria and individual user requirements such as those of the Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC). 
  • Optional Requirements for the Accreditation of Field Work 
    • A2LA also offers additional requirements for laboratories performing tests in the field (i.e., at other than a permanent laboratory site).


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