Sports Drug Testing


The reputation of any sport rests on the behaviour of its athletes. Unfortunately, the nature of competitive sport means that some athletes and trainers will be tempted to use performance enhancing drugs to gain an unfair advantage.  The use of these drugs, while rare, has brought entire sporting codes into disrepute and can only be guarded against by an effective drug testing strategy.

Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) has been protecting the integrity of the Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian racing industries since 1988. In that time the company has been at the forefront of drug testing technology and is recognised as one of the leading racing laboratories in the world. In its 25 years of operation, the company has developed extensive experience in all aspects of drug testing and legal processes,  and has never had its analytical results successfully challenged in any doping enquiry.

Animal Sports Drug Testing

RASL tests more than 30,000 samples every year for the greyhound, thoroughbred, and harness racing industries. The scale of this testing operation has allowed the company to develop efficient and economical testing procedures that screen for thousands of different drugs in an individual sample. For more information, view our pages on equine and canine drug testing services.

Security, Sample Custody and Analytical Excellence

RASL operates a secure laboratory where the samples are stored in locked cool rooms and freezers at all times. The storage and processing of all samples is closely monitored with a sophisticated sample tracking system, allowing a detailed chain of custody from sample log-in until final report. Our experienced staff and state-of-the-art instrumentation guarantees confidence in our testing results. Learn more about our laboratory.

The Sports Drug Testing Arms Race

In an effort to evade detection, trainers and athletes are constantly exploring new drugs that are not detected by current screening methods. To keep ahead of these new drugs, RASL maintains a strong intelligence network with other drug testing laboratories around the world and is constantly developing tests for new doping compounds. The Research and Development performed by the company is an essential part of our analytical operations and allows rapid responses to the latest sports drug threats.