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|Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (2/22/07)
Scot Waterman, executive director, RMTC, (859) 422-2675
RMTC BOARD APPROVES SENDING MODEL RULE ON ANABOLIC STEROIDS TO RCI FOR FINAL APPROVAL
During its meeting on Wednesday, February 21, at The Westin Tampa Harbour Island hotel the board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) passed a model rule on anabolic steroids that will be forwarded to the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) for approval during the RCI Annual Convention on April 23-27. Once the RMTC receives input from the RCI, the model rule language will be released to the industry.
At the board meeting, the RMTC also approved a security budget that revises the format of the Big Event Team (BET) for 2007 to enable BET members, with assistance from racing commissions, to train racetrack security personnel and conduct investigations at racetracks upon request. The RMTC also approved funding for special investigations.
In addition, the RMTC tentatively approved an agreement with the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council to establish a 25-horse research stable pending final review and approval from the Drug Research Council and the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.
The RMTC board members also heard reports on five RMTC-funded research projects:
In other business, the RMTC:
Elected Dr. Robert Lewis of the American Association of Equine Practitioners as chairman and Tom Charters of The Hambletonian Society as treasurer. Dan Fick remains chief executive officer; Chris Scherf and Alan Foreman continue as vice chairmen; and Dr. Rick Arthur remains secretary of the organization.
Discussed the issue of environmental contaminants (substances that are inadvertently administered to horses through feed or through human contact) and pledged to continue to evaluate the issue and possibly expend research funds.
Discussed RMTC-sponsored workshops for regulatory veterinarians and racing analysts on testing for erythropoietin (EPO) and anabolic steroids.
Provided an update on a new section of its website that will enable licensed horsemen to look up guidelines about withdrawal times for approximately 50 therapeutic medications identified by the RMTC Veterinary Advisory Committee. The new section of the site is scheduled to be launched on March 1.
For additional information, visit the RMTC website at www.rmtcnet.com.
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