The World Anti-Doping Agency has suspended the South African Doping Control Laboratory.
The Bloemfontein lab, the only one of its kind in Africa, has become the fourth lab to have its accreditation suspended in the last 30 days.
In April, labs in Lisbon, Moscow and Beijing were also suspended by the doping authority.
“During the period of suspension, samples are required to be transported securely to another Wada-accredited laboratory, ensuring that athletes can have full confidence in continued high-quality sample analysis and the wider anti-doping system,” read a statement.
“During the period of suspension, the laboratory shall address all non-conformities identified in its External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS) program and any other non-conformities identified in the course of Wada site visits during the suspension period.
“If the laboratory satisfies the disciplinary committee in meeting these requirements, the laboratory may apply for reinstatement prior to 30 September.”