CAMS Safety Testing is the illicit drug testing program that will be carried out on licensed competitors (drivers, co-drivers, entrants and navigators) and officials. As the name suggests, ‘safety’ is the primary objective of this testing program and it demonstrates CAMS’ commitment to providing the safest possible environment for all motor sport participants.
Similar to the existing alcohol breath testing principles, any competitor or official that has an illicit drug (refer to the banned drug list in the ‘Links and Resources’ page) detected in their sample will be excluded from taking any further part at that meeting. Further penalties will also apply, in accordance with the CAMS Illicit Drugs in Sport (Safety Testing) Policy.
Motor sport participants should also note that CAMS Safety Testing is carried out in addition to existing ‘anti-doping’ testing which is conducted by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority. For more information on anti-doping testing please click on the ‘Anti-Doping Policy’ link under the ‘Motor Sport’ menu.
Competitors and officials that have a legitimate need to use a medication that contains a drug on the banned drug list may apply for an exemption using the request form available from the ‘Links and Resources’ page. Applications must be submitted to CAMS prior to a meeting and, if approved and upon request, must be presented to the CAMS Safety Testing representative(s) at a meeting. If required, CAMS may consult with the CAMS National Medical Advisory Committee as part of the approval process.
If you are taking a medication, whether prescribed to you by a doctor or purchased over-the-counter, but you are unsure whether or not it contains a banned drug, please download and print the current banned drug list from the ‘Links and Resources’ page and provide this to your doctor. If your doctor confirms that the medication does contain a banned drug, you will need submit an application for a medical exemption to CAMS.
In brief, the CAMS Safety Testing process will be made up of the following steps:
1. Competitor or official is notified of their requirement to provide a saliva sample
2. Competitor or official reports to the sample collection area with their identification
3. Drug testing representative will collect saliva sample and insert it into the screening device
4. Reading will be returned about 5 minutes later, showing either ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ for various drug families
5. If the reading is ‘negative’ (i.e. no drugs are detected) the competitor or official can continue to participate in the meeting
6. If the reading is ‘positive’ (i.e. drugs are detected) the donor must provide a second saliva sample
7. CAMS Safety Testing officer will consider if the donor has a current medical exemption or claimed use of over-the-counter medications, otherwise the competitor or official will be excluded from the meeting.
8. After the conclusion of the meeting, the second saliva sample is analysed by a laboratory and detailed results are provided to CAMS
9. Competitor or official will be advised of the outcome of the laboratory analysis and any penalty that is to be served.
A detailed CAMS Safety Testing procedure is available to download from the Illicit Drugs in Sport page of this website. click HERE.
Competitors and officials should always exercise caution when using legally obtained medications such as over-the-counter painkillers and cold and flu tablets. Without knowing it, using such medications can increase the risk of harm to motor sport participants, because of various possible side effects including dizziness, difficulty breathing, hallucinations, twitching or jerking of muscles and increased heart rate.
Additionally, many over-the-counter medications can result in a ‘positive’ reading during a drug screen. The reason for this is that when a saliva sample is screened, it detects particular drug ‘families’ rather than a specific drug itself. Some legal drugs and illicit drugs can derive from the same drug family and this is why over-the-counter medications can be detected.
At the time of providing a sample, competitors or officials will be given the opportunity to pre-declare any legal medications they have recently used (i.e. declaration needs to be made prior to the collection and screen of their saliva sample). Any declarations made will be taken into consideration by CAMS (if a ‘positive’ reading is returned for one of the drug families), however, pre-declaration will not guarantee that the participant can continue to take part in the meeting.
Competitors and officials should assume that CAMS Safety Testing will occur at any upcoming meeting and keep the following points in mind in case you are selected to undergo testing:
• Over-the-counter medications can be detected by a drug screen and may lead to the participant being excluded from a meeting
• If you have an approved medical exemption, bring the approval with you to meetings
• Keep a copy of your prescriptions and/or receipts of purchase for over-the-counter medications and bring them with you to meetings, and
• It is in your best interests to declare the use of legal medications prior to having your sample screened.