RCI Request Would Change RMTC’s Current Role

The RCI has asked the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) to merge into a new RCI scientific advisory board.
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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 proposal

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Frank Angst is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine. An American Horse Publications three-time winner in best news story category, Angst has covered horse racing for more than a decade. Angst spent ten years at Thoroughbred Times, where he earned awards as that magazine’s senior writer and helped launch Thoroughbred Times TODAY. Besides covering horse racing, Angst enjoys handicapping. Angst has written about sports for more than 20 years, including several seasons covering a nationally ranked Marshall Thundering Herd football team.

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