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FEI Task Force on Doping and Medication Policy

The FEI Task force on Doping and Medication Control held its first meeting in Lausanne December 15, 2004. Chaired by Mr Sven Holmberg (SWE) the Task Force heard submissions from the FEI Legal Department, the FEI Communications department, the Chairman of the FEI Medication Sub Committee Mr Andrew Higgins (GBR), and the Chairman of the FEI Judicial Committee Mr Ken Lalo (ISR).
The areas covered in the day long meeting included:

  • The difference between Medication control and Doping
  • Timescale for Testing
  • Threshold and reporting levels for certain medications
  • Timescale for Judicial process
  • Sanctions for positive cases
  • Timing of sanctions
  • Communications

To ensure that the Task Force could report within the timescale set by the FEI Bureau, a number of sub groups were formed. They are:

  • Medication and Testing
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Internal organisation and future case handling

These groups will work during January and additional experts will be asked to contribute as well as National Federations and other involved organisations such as the Riders and Organisers. The next full meeting will be held in Paris in early February.

In November 2004, the FEI Bureau decided to establish a task force to reassess the policies necessary for the elimination of abusive and illegal performance enhancing drugs and to review the general medication control of horses.

The Task Force is composed of the following persons: Sven Holmberg (SWE), Chairman, widely experienced Official Judge and Vice Chairman of the FEI Jumping Committee; Philip Billington (GBR), President GBR NF; Breido Zu Rantzau (GER), Vice President GER NF; David Distler (USA), USA NF Chief Steward; Peter Wylde (USA), international rider; Marco Danese (ITA), Sports Director ITA NF, also Chef d'Equipe of the national team at many events and championships.

The Task force will produce policy recommendations to be put forward to the Bureau and General Assembly in April 2005. Progress reports will be made to
the Executive Board in January and March 2005.

Once the policy recommendations have been approved, the taskforce should supervise implementation measures (to be taken by the FEI sports, veterinary
and legal departments).

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