Racing groups unveil standards for test barns, chain of custody

Posted: Dec. 7, 2016

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Dec. 7 released a new set of test barn and chain-of-custody recommendations designed to encourage the use of best practices at racetracks.

The living document, a joint initiative of the RMTC and the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, was announced at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.

“Test Barn Chain of Custody and Procedures: Considerations and Recommendations” includes best practice protocols covering identification and supervision of horses to be tested; types of samples to be collected; chain of custody, security, identification and record-keeping within the test barn; sample collection and management; separate procedures for total carbon dioxide (TCO₂) testing; out-of-competition sampling; facility design and equipment; surveillance; and personnel.

The document can be accessed here.

“Pre- and post-race sampling at the racetrack test barn are the industry’s front line for ensuring fair, safe racing through medication and substance integrity,” said Steve Koch, executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance and moderator of the symposium panel on test barns.

Said Dr. Dionne Benson, executive director and chief operating office of the RMTC: “There are so many details that go into test barn and chain of custody process that, if not properly observed, can call your testing into question. This comprehensive list of recommendations will help protect tracks, horsemen and customers.”

“Test Barn Chain of Custody and Procedures: Considerations and Recommendations” has been adopted as Exhibit 6 of the 2017 NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Code of Standards, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2017.