St George’s-based drug identification specialists TICTAC have signed an agreement to work with UK Anti-Doping to help improve awareness of prohibited substances and assist in the fight against doping in sport.

TICTAC is a comprehensive information system for the visual identification of solid dose drugs. It is widely used within the healthcare and law enforcement sectors, where more than 75,000 professionals have access to it.

UK Anti-Doping has entered into a contract with TICTAC to place a visual marker on those substances on the TICTAC database which are included in the Prohibited List, published annually by the World Anti-Doping Agency. These markers will raise awareness of these substances to those using the TICTAC system, who will in turn generate information to allow UK Anti-Doping to understand the availability of these substances in the UK. This agreement will help develop relationships and sources to understand the landscape of doping substances being used in the UK.

The collaboration with TICTAC also enables UK Anti-Doping to spread its athlete services tools to a wider audience. TICTAC will now be another place where people can access the drugs database Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO), where accurate up-to-date information on the prohibited status of medications is provided.

TICTAC director and St George’s toxicologist John Ramsey said: “The addition of drugs which are prohibited in sport will provide a further benefit to TICTAC’s clients. We are pleased to be working with UK Anti-Doping to assist with the elimination of doping in sport.”

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said: “UK Anti-Doping is delighted to work with TICTAC in developing a comprehensive anti-doping element to their database. Establishing formal partnerships with external agencies is vital in our ability to tackle the supply of doping related substances and intensify our activities in the global fight against doping in sport.

“This latest agreement should further reinforce the message to those who are considering trafficking or supplying doping substances, that the net is closing in and we are doing all we can to protect the rights of athletes to compete in doping-free sport.”