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The DCO Network

The core of our organisation is a unique global network of 250 certified Doping Control Officers (DCO) in 80 countries.

The DCOs are spread out according to our clients’ needs. They are located close enough to athletes to be able to test them unannounced at any time during training periods.

We recruit our DCOs locally, enabling us to conduct a mission at short notice and without the added costs of sending in a team from far away. Local DCOs are also able to find local competition venues and training facilities more easily, as well as athletes’ homes. They have firsthand information on local concerns and knowledge of the country’s infrastructure.

Those areas not covered because of an insufficient number of tests are serviced by DCOs on flying visits.

Doping control quality is dependent on the DCO’s skill. Systematic recruitment and training of DCOs is crucial for securing good and consistent quality in operations. The process of recruiting, training, certifying and monitoring DCOs is part of our ISO-accredited program, and we are continuously identifying what sets a good DCO apart, to be able to further improve recruitment criteria.

The demands placed on DCOs are growing. The number of doping tests has increased and the focus has shifted, with larger emphasis on target testing, in which the candidate to be tested is determined beforehand. This requires the tracking down of individual athletes.

Furthermore, DCOs must be familiar with the differing procedures of each sports organisation, and between competition and out-of-competition tests. Although the new WADA code creates a unified testing system for all sports associations, specific rules will always exist.

Today, DCOs have more knowledge, education and responsibility than ever before. A new occupational category may even be created for DCOs.