An update to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) racetrack safety and integrity standards received approval by the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance advisory board members, as well as the NTRA full board.
In a release from the NRTA, the newest compliance standards will be used as the standard for any Alliance accreditation in the future.
Steve Koch, Executive Director of the Safety & Integrity Alliance, presented the update at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming during medication testing laboratories session.
The Code of Standards sections 3.G and 3.H were updated, which pertain to adopting Racing Medication and Testing Consortium criteria regarding official testing laboratories.
Below is subsection 3.H in its newest incarnation:
“3.H. Laboratory Selection and Performance Standards: Members shall insist that local regulatory authorities implement industry performance standards and quality control mechanisms consistent with RMTC’s “Model Request for Proposals for Equine Drug Testing Laboratory” in their Official Testing Laboratory selection and performance criteria. Members shall require documentation from the local regulatory body specifying the adopted selection and performance criteria, and ongoing quality control protocols.
To the extent that the local regulatory body has not so adopted RMTC’s recommended performance standards and quality control protocols, member shall advocate the adoption of such standards consistent with RMTC’s ‘Model Request for Proposals for Equine Drug Testing Laboratory.”
If you would like to read the 2016 Code of Standards in full you can do so online at the NTRA Alliance website.