Please download the white manual and annexes which detail the assessment process for labs to apply as an IFHA Reference Laboratory

IFHA REFERENCE LABORATORY WHITE MANUAL with Annexes

Five IFHA Reference Laboratories Appointed; Assessment Process and Application Now Available for Additional Laboratories

In August 2017, it was announced by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) that 5 analytical laboratories were appointed as an “IFHA Reference Laboratory”. The 5 labs are the following:

• (Australia) Racing Analytical Services Limited
• (France) Laboratoire Des Courses Hippiques
• (Great Britain) LGC Group, Sport & Specialised Analytical Services
• (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory
• (USA) Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, University of California at Davis



As part of the application process, the 5 labs successfully satisfied criteria that included but not limited to the scale of operations, resourcing, research activity and capability to detect the use of prohibited substances, including the major doping agents (MDAs).

To oversee the IFHA Lab Reference Program, two committees are in place.

The Reference Laboratory Appointment Committee (RLAC) decides on the appointment, suspension and revocation of appointment as an IFHA Reference Laboratory for applicants and those wishing to keep their appointment status. The objective of the Reference Laboratory Technical Committee (RLTC) is to train assessors appointed by the RLAC and act as a source of counsel to assessors and the RLAC on individual assessments, as well as to provide advice on revisions to the application process.

The makeup of those two committees is as follows:

Reference Laboratory Appointment Committee (RLAC)
• Andrew Harding: RLAC Chair (Executive Director IFHA; Executive Director, Racing, Hong Kong Jockey Club)
• Matt Iuliano (RLAC Member, Executive Vice President and Executive Director, US Jockey Club)
• Henri Pouret (RLAC Member, Direction Opérationnelle des Courses, Directeur Général Adjoint, France Galop)
• Dr Terence Wan, Ex Officio/Non-Voting (Chief Advisor, Doping Control, Hong Kong Jockey Club)

RLAC Secretary: James Ogilvy (Secretariat, Asian Racing Federation; Hong Kong Jockey Club, Executive Manager, Racing Authority (External))

Reference Laboratory Technical Committee (RLTC)
• Dr Terence Wan, RLTC Chair (Chief Advisor, Doping Control, Hong Kong Jockey Club)
• Dr Emmie Ho (Head of Racing Laboratory; Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory)
• Dr Ludovic Bailly-Chouriberry (Laboratory Director, Laboratoire Des Courses Hippiques)
• David Batty (Laboratory Director, Racing Analytical Services Limited)
• Dr Clive Pearce (Laboratory Director, LGC Group, Sport & Specialised Analytical Services)
• Dr Scott Stanley (Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, University of California at Davis)

RLTC Secretary: James Ogilvy (Secretariat, Asian Racing Federation; Hong Kong Jockey Club, Executive Manager, Racing Authority (External))