RCI Request Would Change RMTC’s Current Role
In a move regulators say would streamline the process of rule-making in the areas of medication policy and testing standards, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) has asked that the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) be merged into a new RCI scientific advisory board.
The move would eliminate the current role of the RMTC in initially shaping rules, providing industry expertise in shaping new policies, and presenting recommendations to regulators. The RCI called on the RMTC to merge into a permanent scientific advisory board—the Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee—that will develop policy recommendations.
Regulators said consortium industry members would still be heard on the reshaped RCI committee.
Hallie Roach Lewis, RMTC spokeswoman, said on Dec. 16 that the organization had no immediate comment, but that the RMTC Executive Committee would review the
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