The RMTC Laboratory Accreditation Program for U.S. horse racing testing facilities is vital to the integrity of the sport. It provides the only horse racing-focused laboratory accreditation and quality assurance program in the industry. As part of the accreditation requirements, laboratories participate in an external quality assurance program (EQAP) that determines if laboratories have the capabilities required to detect substances of concern at the concentrations that are mandated by the RMTC model rule recommendations. It is the goal of the RMTC accreditation EQAP process to ensure that all laboratories are operating at the same high level of proficiency. This consistency will foster uniformity and strengthen the integrity of racing and the safety of its human and equine athletes.
All participating laboratories must be ISO 17025-accredited to apply – in addition to meeting further requirements unique to horseracing – which will be validated by laboratory proficiency testing.