RMTC Urges Adoption of Out-of-Competition, MMV Rules

The RMTC urged racing authorities to adopt the rules approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

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The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) urged racing authorities to adopt the out-of-competition testing and Multiple Medication Violation rules approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) at its Dec. 9 board meeting in Tucson, Arizona.

The out-of-competition testing rules adopted by the ARCI are largely based upon rules developed and proposed by the RMTC. Importantly, the new regulations go beyond blood doping to regulate a number of other substances.

For example:

  • The use of anabolic steroids in training is banned. The only time that any of the four permitted anabolic steroids can be administered is if they are prescribed by a veterinarian (which requires the filing of a treatment plan prior to administration) and if the horse is placed on the state veterinarian’s list for a minimum of six months after the final administration;
  • Strict reporting requirements for other substances, such as clenbuterol, that act as anabolic agents; and
  • A broadly expanded prohibited substance list based upon the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited Substance list.

“The out-of-competition testing rule is vital for ensuring the integrity of racing and the health and welfare of our equine athletes,” stated RMTC Executive Director Dionne Benson, DVM. “There are a number of substances that can only be found for a limited time. Expanding out of competition testing will allow racing authorities to test for those substances and ultimately deter their use

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