NSAC executive director Keith Kizer says the commission will soon revisit its drug-testing policy:
The NSAC has been at the head of many rule changes to discourage drug use said Kizer, including switching wins to ‘no contests’ when a fighter tests positive for banned substances.
According to Kizer, the last significant meeting it held on drug-testing policies was in September 2008, when it was determined that urine testing was the most effective, accurate method.
However, the process of blood testing has been developed since then — including the first positive test for HGH by a British professional rugby player in February this year.
Those advancements have fell under the NSAC’s consideration and Kizer said the commission would likely revisit its drug-testing policy as early as next month.
"It’s never not been under our consideration, it’s an ongoing thing," Kizer said. "Urine testing is better for testing everything except HGH. Blood testing, until recently, hasn’t been perfected.
"We held a public meeting in 2008 where we overlooked a lot of material. Now, it’s 18 months later and we need to revisit it. It could be expanding our urine testing or adding blood testing. Something could happen, hopefully, next month."