Drug Free Sport New Zealand
Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) is the organisation responsible for keeping sport clean in New Zealand, and free from doping. It works in New Zealand’s sporting community to protect clean athletes and promote clean sport.
The organisation is described as a crown entity established under the New Zealand Sports and Drug Agency Act 1994 and this has since been replaced by the Sports Anti-Doping Act 2006. The act charges DFSNZ with responsibilities to implement and apply the World Anti-Doping Code in New Zealand.
DFSNZ is funded by the New Zealand Government and is accountable to the Minister for Sport and Recreation and the New Zealand Government.
It supports all stakeholders involved in New Zealand sport; the athletes, coaches, families and support personnel by: educating, supporting and advocating for clean athletes; deterring and detecting doping; holding dopers to account; and engaging with wider sporting communities.
It works to achieve its vision by focusing on five strategic areas: education; intelligence and investigations; advocacy; and testing. It provides sample collection services on a user-pays/contract basis for national sport organisations and anti-doping organisations such as international federations, major event organisations and other countries’ national anti-doping organisations. The drug testing services include the collection of urine and/or blood samples, out-of-competition or in-competition.
DFSNZ has a well-established network of accredited doping control officers located around the country with broad experience in doping control, including at major international events.