In line with the change of philosophy to protect clean athletes as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the creation of an independent anti-doping testing and sanctioning system was proposed by the Olympic Summit in October 2015 and reiterated in the IOC Executive's Board Declaration on Good Governance in Sport and the Protection of Clean Athletes released in December 2015. This initiative was then further reinforced as part of the IOC's 12 principles for a more robust and independent global Anti-Doping System to protect clean athletes in March 2017.
The ITA will be an independent non-for-profit Swiss foundation that will provide doping control services to International Federations (IFs) and Major Event Organisations (MEOs) to help compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards in an autonomous and harmonised manner. Read more here.
All efforts are being made so that the ITA can be formally incorporated before the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. In the meantime, the IOC is also working with the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU) to ensure that there is an independent overview of the anti-doping programme at the Games in PyeongChang.