November 1, 2011
Re: Professional Combative Sports Drug Screening
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) will implement random drug screening procedures at Department selected combative sports events beginning November 1, 2011. The Executive Director is authorized to require testing pursuant to 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Section 61.47(p) which states:
“A person who applies for or holds a license as a contestant shall provide a urine specimen for drug testing either before or after the bout, if directed by the executive director or his designee. The applicant or licensee is responsible for paying the costs of the drug screen.”
Promoters will be notified as soon as possible prior to the scheduled event how many contestants will be randomly chosen for testing, the associated costs, and the name and telephone number of the laboratory/testing facility you will need to contact in order to arrange pre-payment.
The specifics concerning which contestants were randomly chosen, the need for credential(s)/passes for testing staff and the logistics of the testing protocol will be discussed at the weigh-in.
If you have any questions regarding this drug testing protocol, please contact Greg Alvarez, Combative Sports Assistant Program Manager at 512-475-2875 or by email at Greg@tdlr.texas.gov.
William H. Kuntz, Jr.
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation