Provincial Regulatory Bodies Canadian Horse Racing Associations Horse Persons Groups
Delayed Implementation of 2016 Elimination Guidelines
Since the Implementation of the 2016 Elimination Guidelines on March 1, 2016, the CPMA has received reports of an increased number of detections from therapeutic medications, in particular the drug prednisolone. The reason for these results is unknown but they could be attributed to the use of compounded medications, veterinary practices not consistent with the new guidelines or ·a lack of awareness by stakeholders of the changes.
For this reason, the CPMA is urging all trainers, owners and veterinarians to familiarize themselves with all the changes in the 2016 version of the Elimination Guidelines Booklet as soon as possible and make the necessary modifications of their practices to avoid positive tests. On its part, the CPMA is delaying the implementation of the new guidelines until May 1, 2016 to allow additional time for the horse racing industry to comply with the changes.
Until that time, official samples will continue to be tested and positive certificates will be issued for results inconsistent with the Schedule of Drugs 2011 guidelines.
Effective May 1, 2016 positive certificates will be issued under the new guidelines.