Sample Collection Process
An important piece of any anti-doping program is sample collection or the process of securing an athlete’s blood and/or urine sample, completing paperwork, as well as preparing and shipping the sample to a WADA accredited laboratory. USADA is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), and USADA’s sample collection process is fully compliant with the Code and International Standard for Testing & Investigations.
The sample collection process is designed to be a safe process, and as comfortable as possible for athletes, while ensuring that maximum sample integrity is maintained throughout. The sample collection process is a standard procedure from notification of the athlete to the shipment of the sample to the laboratory.
Read more about the blood and urine sample collection process using the links below.
Urine Collection Process
Blood Collection Process
Additional Considerations Athletes with Impairments
Due to the sensitive nature of drug testing and the physical requirements needed from an athlete during sample collection, there are additional considerations for athletes with impairments.
**NOTE: As defined by the Code: ‘Refusing, or failing without compelling justification, to submit to sample collection after notification as authorized in applicable anti-doping rules or otherwise evading sample collection is an anti-doping rule violation.’