The Drug Analysis Department consists of 3 different sections, namely Drug Analysis Section, International Affairs Section and Feed Analysis Section. The Drug Analysis Section mainly provides analytical testing services for the analysis of equine biological samples (including urine, blood and hair) from the horse racing conducted by the Japan Racing Association (JRA) and by local governments on the prefectural and municipal levels (i.e., the National Association of Racing (NAR)) to ensure the integrity and fairness of horse racing in Japan.
In February 2021, LRC was approved by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) as an FEI Approved Laboratory for testing equestrian samples from the FEI-regulated events. The Drug Analysis Section has since been testing regular official FEI urine and blood samples from local and overseas national equestrian federations. The International Affairs Section is primarily responsible for the management of international doping control issues, international liaison with overseas racing and equestrian authorities and provision of technical support in conducting special and difficult test methods. Besides, this section is also providing professional testing services for overseas racing and equestrian authorities for the analysis of their “B” samples. The Feed Analysis Section is mainly focusing on the testing of feed and supplements(which are intended to be used by the local trainers).
The Drug Analysis Department has been accredited to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025 (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories) since 2004 and is currently accredited to its latest version of 2017. It was recently assessed by the local accreditation body Japan Accreditation Board (JAB) in October 2021 and no nonconformity in both quality management system and technical competence was identified. Apart from the JAB, all the accredited test methods must have been reviewed and approved by a local advisory board comprised of a group of experienced professionals including current and former professors of various disciplines (covering the areas of analytical chemistry, veterinary pharmacology, toxicology and biochemistry, and human sport medicine) before implementation. In addition, LRC has participated in the AQAP Negative Sample Exchange Programme to exchange negative post-race urine samples with other international racing laboratories. No sample from LRC was found to contain any prohibited substances by other racing laboratories so far.
analysis in body
fluids and hair
The Drug Analysis Department is equipped with state-of-the art testing facilities (infrastructure, analytical equipment and instruments, etc.) with a relatively large number of sophisticated mass spectrometers including LC-HRMS (Orbitrap), LC-MS/MS, ICP-MS, GC-MS/MS and GC-MS. It conducts doping control testing for a total of around 45,000 domestic post-race urine and blood samples, 7,000 out-of-competition samples, 800 feed samples, regular official FEI urine and blood samples, overseas “B” samples, external quality assurance samples, and miscellaneous samples every year. In addition, LRC also participated in the annual AORC Proficiency Testing (PT) programme. LRC could successfully identify all the analytes in the PT samples (including equine urine, plasma and hair) and has attained full marks in the past 5 years. Further, LRC is one of the Official Racing Laboratories approved by Racing Australia for reserve portion / B sample analysis and one of the Approved Referee Laboratories by Malayan Racing Association for performing referee analysis, indicating that our testing capability has been internationally recognized.