BHA statement on saliva testing pilot programme

28 Sep 2022 BHA Features

The BHA can confirm that the anti-doping saliva testing pilot programme, which started in May 2021, was paused following a negative laboratory follow-up analysis requested after a point of care racecourse non-negative saliva sample donated by Sean Levey at Sandown on Wednesday 14 September.

A review of the pilot, which has tested more than 1,300 samples, is now underway to determine what can be learned and agree with the PJA on a combined approach to a robust testing model. We will also be working with Sean Levey to determine how his positive sample came about in order to understand what challenges could be faced and different approaches that could be used when testing in the future. The pilot was a collaboration with the PJA and there has been a notable reduction in positive cases since its inception. It’s important we incorporate all feedback and make improvements where necessary to ensure we continue keeping racing safe, fair and clean.

Further updates on the progress of this review will be communicated in due course.