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The setting up of an Integrity Unit was one of the Joint-Commissions recommendations, which received such strong support at the 2009 General Assembly. The Equestrian Community Integrity Unit (ECIU) is essential to monitor corruption, identify offenders and conflicts of interest, as well as safeguard horse welfare. But it is also a way of proving to the media and to the general public that the majority of the sport is and will remain clean.
The concept of an Integrity Unit is new to the equestrian world, but it is seen as best practice in other international sports. After a difficult year for equestrianism, the launch of the ECIU on 1 January 2010 represents a clear and determined effort to ensure the integrity of equestrian sport.

Commission chairman Lord Stevens stated at the Clean Sport workshop in Copenhagen, the day before the 2009 General Assembly: “Integrity is non-negotiable. The sport will only move forward if we show to the world that the equestrian community is fully committed to clean and fair sport at all levels. By establishing an independent integrity unit, the FEI is following the best practice set by other international sports.”

Integrity is about fair play right across the sport, not just about riders and officials. It as much about protecting the innocent as it is about trying to prevent and identify irregular practices. The ECIU is here to work with the FEI and its stakeholders, not against them.

Quest Limited, the company that conducted the original investigation into allegations arising from events at the Beijing Olympics, will run the ECIU. Quest, an internationally renowned organisation that specialises in sports investigations, has conducted high-level inquiries for the English football Premier League and Formula 1. Quest already has a substantial knowledge base in equestrian sport upon which it can build, and this will form part of an extensive intelligence system that will be used to help monitor the sport on a global basis.

A vital part of the intelligence gathering system is the ECIU telephone hotline and email address for anyone wishing to report concerns they have regarding integrity issues. All calls and emails are confidential and individuals have the right to remain anonymous.

You can contact the ECIU at :
Telephone hotline: +44 (0) 20 7935 5822