Meeting the Dutch Doping Authority

In the beginning of June, we met Olivier de Hon who represents the Dutch Doping Authority. Olivier gave us insight in the current doping tests and design requirements for doping detection methods. The most important design requirement is that the method may not have any false positives. It is better to  not catch somebody who did doping than catch a person who did not do doping. This indicates the importance of test accuracy and reliability compared with affordability. Regular testing is already expensive. It is better when it is cheaper, but a few hundred euros per sample for a detection method is not a big problem. It is better when it is available for every doping lab, but if that is not possible, it is fine to use specific equipment. For most doping test, they first pre-screen the samples before they continue with specific tests. This reduces costs and could also be an option for our detection method.