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The Council of Ministers has approved the Royal Decree establishing the Regulations for the development of Organic Law 11/2021 on the Fight against Doping in Sports, to provide it with greater effectiveness, efficiency, and safety in all the procedures it contemplates.

The text completes the adaptation of the work and functions of the Agency – Spanish Commission for Anti-Doping in Sports (CELAD) to the aforementioned Law and formalises the full adaptation of the Spanish legal system to the international regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Furthermore, this new royal decree repeals the previous regulatory text, in force since 2009, and updates all anti-doping control planning procedures to make them much more effective.

Its articles establish the criteria to form the Registered Control Group, the group of athletes who are obliged to indicate to CELAD their usual daily location for one hour a day in which they can be subjected to an anti-doping control.

As a novelty, the approved royal decree creates a second group: the so-called Control Group. It would be made up of a larger group of athletes who will be required to indicate their usual training location. Unlike the athletes included in the Registered Control Group, the members of this second group cannot be sanctioned for possible location errors.

In addition, the royal decree regulates the processes of collecting and extracting anti-doping samples, allowing CELAD to apply the method known as dried blood drop sampling, a new system for extracting and transporting blood samples that is more efficient than the traditional method.

The royal decree regulates sample collection teams to make them more agile, more effective and more efficient. It also regulates in greater detail the qualification of the people who make up these teams. In this sense, it contemplates that CELAD and the competent bodies of the Autonomous Communities may sign agreements that allow the development of mutual recognition systems for qualifications of doping control agents.

In addition, it includes provisions related to the Biological Passport that complement its regulation as a valid method of proof in the event of anti-doping violations. Finally, the regulatory text regulates the implementation of education and social awareness programs to prevent prohibited conduct in sport.

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