The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revoked the accreditation of the Moscow Laboratory in Russia.
The organisation had initially suspended the facility on November 10, following the WADA Independent Commission reports which revealed evidence of widespread state sponsored doping in Russian athletics.
Cover-ups and the destruction of samples were also revealed, and suspending the laboratory, which is at the centre of the scandal, was a key recommendation.
Its accreditation has now been completely revoked, with WADA saying the laboratory accepted this verdict.
The decision was taken by WADA’s Executive Committee following a thorough review of the status of the laboratory by an independently appointed Disciplinary Panel.
The panel found that the facility was not compliant with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL).
The November ruling already meant that no WADA-related anti-doping activities, including analysis of urine and blood samples, could take place at the laboratory.
WADA is responsible for monitoring laboratories to make sure they are in line with the ISL.
The organisation has also opted to suspend the accreditation of the Laboratório de Análises de Dopagem in Lisbon, Portugal, after this too failed to meet the ISL requirements.
A further decision regarding possible revocation of the laboratory’s accreditation will be made by WADA’s Executive Committee.
No further details about the revocation in Russia and the suspension in Lisbon have yet been revealed.