HISA seeks public input on anti-doping rules draft

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) published updated draft proposed rules on June 1 for its Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) Program for public comment.

The draft rules are the result of a joint effort by the HISA ADMC Committee and the Chair of the Advisory Council of the newly-formed Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit (HIWU).  All racing participants are encouraged to review the draft ADMC rules, as well as a letter from ADMC Committee Chair Adolpho Birch that summarizes the revisions, and submit feedback via email to [email protected] over the next several weeks.

“The depth of equine safety, anti-doping, veterinary medicine, sports integrity and compliance experience that informed the updated draft rules is unparalleled,” said HISA CEO Lisa Lazarus. “I look forward to feedback from stakeholders across the Thoroughbred industry on these draft rules as their input is critical to HISA’s ongoing success.”

“The updated draft rules incorporate the public comments received last fall and further tailor the program to the unique complexities associated with equine athletes,” said Birch. “Greater efficacy, transparency and uniformity will benefit every racing participant.”

The draft rules published today include the following: Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Protocol; Prohibited List; Definitions; Arbitration Procedures; Equine Testing and Investigation Standards; and Equine Standards for Laboratories and Accreditation.

On July 1, HISA will present its final proposed rules to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), initiating a formal notice and comment rule-making process that includes an additional public comment period. The final regulations posted by the FTC will be enforced by HIWU upon taking effect on January 1, 2023.

Jonathan Taylor QC, Chair of the HIWU Advisory Council, said: “I am very pleased that all stakeholders will have this opportunity to review and comment on the updated draft rules, because those comments will help to ensure that the rules eventually posted by the FTC will operate effectively and efficiently to protect the integrity of the sport.”

Following FTC approval of the ADMC Program rules, HISA will conduct comprehensive education and training to ensure that racing participants and stakeholders across the industry are well-informed of the new rules and regulations.