British Ice Skating is delighted to announce its completion of the Assurance Framework, which National Governing Bodies (NGBs) must fulfil to certify to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) that they are meeting their anti-doping responsibilities.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published the updated 2021 UK National Anti-Doping Policy (Policy) in April 2021, which all NGBs must be compliant with. This was the first update of the Policy since its implementation in 2009.
UKAD, which is responsible for ensuring that sports bodies comply with the World Anti-Doping Code through its implementation and management of the Policy, introduced the Assurance Framework for NGBs to be able to evidence their compliance with the Policy.
The introduction of the Assurance Framework is the most significant change in the Policy. It outlines a series of mandatory requirements which all NGBs must fulfil. These requirements include the creation of an education strategy and plan, the implementation of anti-doping rules and increased involvement of an NGB’s Board with clean sport.
Upon completion of the Assurance Framework Tom Fell, British Ice Skating Board member, said: ““We are dedicated to ensuring that clean sport is at the heart of our national governing body. Our commitment to delivering our anti-doping responsibilities has been proved by the completion of the UK Anti-Doping Assurance Framework and highlights how seriously we take clean sport.
"We would like to thank UKAD for the help they have provided throughout the process and look forward to continuing a close working relationship.”
UKAD’s Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Nisha Dutt, said: “At UKAD we work tirelessly to protect clean sport, but we can’t do it alone. This Assurance Framework supports NGBs with the delivery of their anti-doping responsibilities and will help British Ice Skating to embed clean sport values into Ice Skating going forward. It is brilliant to see that British Ice Skating has completed the UKAD Assurance Framework after working closely with our dedicated Assurance and Education teams over recent months.”
For more information on the Policy and Assurance Framework, visit the UKAD website.