Signature of conventions between the French Anti-Doping Agency and University Paris-Sud

On Wednesday, 15th May 2019, the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) and University Paris-Sud signed conventions for setting up an analysis department of the AFLD at the Orsay campus of University Paris-Sud.

The need for new premises better suited to the activity of the AFLD analysis laboratory to allow it to receive samples from the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has come to fruition with the choice of the Orsay university campus as a site for the new laboratory as of 2023.

The affiliation of a laboratory with a university establishment will lead to an increase in collaboration and scientific synergies, particularly in the field of analytical chemistry which lies at the heart of anti-doping analytical activity.
With the research teams and equipment present on the Orsay campus, the analysis department strengthens its capacities for developing new techniques for analysis and scientific research, so as to establish itself as one of the world leaders in the subject.

The geographical proximity with the department for medicines and healthcare technologies (DMTS) of the Commissariat of atomic and alternative energies (CEA) on the Saclay plateau, which will be attached to the Faculty of Pharmacology of the University Paris-Saclay as of 1st January 2020, is also a particularly attractive advantage.

The anti-doping laboratory will be set up in a pre-existing building that shall be refurbished, thus also enhancing a State asset.

After a specialist licensing process, the laboratory aims to move into its new facilities during the first quarter of 2023, so as to be fully operational for the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and of course for the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Paris 2024.

Focus on the laboratory:
The AFLD analysis department is the only laboratory in France accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (AMA)2. It has 40 employees and its main activities include the analysis of samples and analytical research and development. Each year, the laboratory analyses between 12,000 and 14,000 samples.