HISA Submits Draft Track Safety Rules to FTC


The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority submitted draft track safety rules to the Federal Trade Commission on December 6 for review, public comment and final approval, as it aims to meet its scheduled launch date of July 1, 2022 to oversee medication, drug testing and safety. problems in sport.

The draft safety rules released on Monday evening reflect the important work of the Authority’s racetrack safety committee and contributions from a wide range of regulators, experts, other stakeholders from the industry and the General public. The rules aim to establish a uniform national program on pre-race veterinary inspection policies, rules for canceled claims, maintenance of the racetrack surface and the collection of information on drug administration, treatments and injury data.

The proposed regulation follows the 158-page draft Doping and Drug Control Protocol released last month by HISA for stakeholder review. These draft regulations deal with anti-doping, the drug control program, the prohibited list, equine arbitration procedures, testing and investigation standards, and laboratory standards.

The Authority said on Monday that it had notified the FTC of its intention to file the draft final regulations for the doping and drug control program later this month, ahead of the new year. This will then initiate a formal notice and comment process during which stakeholders and the general public can once again weigh in by submitting notices for a period of 60 days, after which the FTC will issue the final regulations.

To date, the United States Anti-Doping Agency has led the drafting process for the draft program rules in coordination with the Authority’s ADMC committee, chaired by Adolpho Birch. As explained in the formal waiver request, the Authority and USADA continue to finalize the terms of the agreement under which USADA will operate as an independent enforcement agency of the new rules. Organizations will also continue to evolve and refine the ADMC Draft Rules to reflect industry and public input.

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“We are delighted to have submitted the draft racetrack safety rules that will make the sport safer for equine and human athletes and thank the Authority’s racetrack safety committee for their hard work,” said the president. of the Authority, Charles Scheeler. “In addition, we are deeply grateful for the diligence, expertise and leadership of USADA and the ADMC Committee in developing a comprehensive draft ADMC Rules in a remarkably short period of time.

“We are also grateful for the feedback we have received from all segments of the racing community regarding these draft rules. We look forward to continuing our partnership as we finalize and implement new national regulations to ensure the integrity and safety of the sport. “

Scheeler called for comment.

“The rule-making process is still ongoing and we encourage experts, other industry stakeholders, racing fans and the general public to review and comment through our website. FTC, we want to make sure that any interested party has the opportunity to offer their perspective and input, ”Scheeler said last month.

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