Université Paris-Sud will host the French Anti-Doping Agency at its Orsay campus

For several months, the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) has been working on a project to relocate its anti-doping laboratory, in order to be fully prepared for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and especially for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also to further boost its detection capabilities and to develop its research and innovation activities.

After an assessment process of the candidate sites, Université Paris-Sud's proposal to relocate to its Orsay campus was chosen by the agency, which requested financial support from the government. On 4 December 2018, an inter-ministerial meeting confirmed this choice and recorded the government's support.

Université Paris-Sud is delighted with this announcement. This location provides the AFLD with the opportunity to establish itself in a very buoyant scientific environment, which will eventually benefit its analytical practices and make it even more attractive in a now global market. Conversely, some of the university’s laboratories will be able to rely on the analytical services as a testing ground.

Restructuring the Orsay “Valley” Campus

For Université Paris-Sud, this relocation is part of an ambitious restructuring of the Orsay “Valley” campus, including many premises which will gradually be vacated as buildings become available on the plateau. Building 409, which will house the agency after work, is currently occupied by part of the Institute of Genetics and Microbiology teams, which will relocate to the new Institute of Integrative Biology of the Cell's (I2BC – CNRS/CEA/Université Paris-Sud) building on the Gif campus. Its size and location are ideal for hosting the 50 or so agents who will work there and for absorbing the increased activity related to future events.

Studies prior to the works and move will be undertaken very quickly by Université Paris-Sud in conjunction with the AFLD, so that the new laboratory is operational from 2022, for these major sporting events for our country.

Contact: Prof. Antoine LATREILLE - Vice-President of Heritage and Sustainable Development – antoine.latreille @ u-psud.fr