RMTC Plans Changes but No Merger with RCI

The RCI had invited the RMTC to merge with the former group’s new Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee.
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The racing industry’s Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) plans to reorganize its own Scientific Advisory Committee but does not plan to merge with the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI).

The RMTC’s executive committee met Dec. 17 to consider a recent letter from RCI inviting the RMTC to merge with RCI’s new Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee.

Executive committee members reaffirmed an Oct. 13 board decision to conduct strategic planning on future research needs, and to reorganize the RMTC Scientific Advisory Committee and its processes to adapt and respond to new drugs, practices, and substances which threaten the integrity of racing, an RMTC release said.

Further, the executive committee affirmed the importance of maintaining an independent and apolitical RMTC for equine drug and therapeutic medication research, the release said, noting RMTC’s efforts have led to significant changes that have improved U.S. drug testing capabilities and medication regulation from its current independent position

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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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