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U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

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This video depicts our standard testing protocols, but also identifies and details points of departure due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Testing During COVID-19

Learn more about the protocols USADA has put in place to protect the health of athletes and sample collection personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. USADA’s protocols will continue to evolve based on the latest data and guidance from public health experts. Any protocol changes will be reflected in these resources as soon as possible. For questions, contact USADA at (719) 785-2000.

covid-19 safety protocols

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Working together to maintain health and support clean sport.

  • USADA screens each test assignment location for COVID-19-related restrictions (e.g., shelter-in-place orders.)
  • We assign DCOs with priority given to those located closest to the athlete.
  • If a DCO arrives and you would like to be tested elsewhere, please communicate that preference.
  • USADA DCOs and other sample collection personnel are regularly tested for COVID-19.
  • All DCOs complete a health monitoring questionnaire the day they are assigned to test that will further determine their clearance to conduct the assignment.
  • All DCOs will wear a mask throughout each test session.
  • All DCOs will wear a face shield after notification has occured.
  • All DCOs will wear glvoes when appropriate and available.
  • You can wear your own mask, or USADA will provide you with one if needed.
  • All DCOs will maintain a 6-foot distance whenever possible.
  • Please help us maintain the 6-foot distance.
  • Athletes must wash hands with soap and water after notification and sample provision.
  • All DCOs must wash hands with soap prior to the sample collection process.
  • If soap is not available for any reason, DCOs carry hand sanitizer as an alternative hand washing solution.
  • DCOs will bring and use disinfectant wipes and/or spray throughout and following the testing session.

Contact USADA directly with questions or concerns at (719) 785-2000 or (866) 601-2632, and at athleteexpress@USADA.org.

  • Remove and add competitions as events are updated
  • Update training and school locations as they close and re-open
  • Provide an accurate primary overnight location
  • Designate a 60-minute window that aligns with your testing preferences
  • Remove and add competitions as events are updated
  • Update training and school locations as they close and re-open
  • Provide an accurate primary overnight location

more on face shields

Your health and safety is our top priority.

Our DCOs will wear personal protective equipment while conducting your test, including mask and face shield.

Comic-style infographic of DCOs wearing face shields, masks, and gloves for testing durnig COVID-19.

Learn more about the Sample Collection Process.

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