Drug Testing Violation Grace Period

The North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (NAARV) is proposing a formal “grace period” for certain initial violations resulting from a testing laboratory or testing method change as veterinarians adjust to a newly imposed change should it generate inadvertent positive test results leading to a violation.

This is on the Model Rules Committee agenda as a discussion item. It is possible that the Committee could recommend this be considered as part of the ARCI’s formal submissions to the Federal Trade Commission as it considers comments on proposed medication policy from the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA).

It is anticipated that following discussion, this matter will be remanded to the Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee to make a recommendation at it next meeting, anticipated for early 2022.

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