Biological passports could be in use in gymnastics by early next year as part of anti-doping efforts by the FIG, the international gymnastics federation.
Gymnastics is the latest sport to consider the passport programme, which monitors blood profiles over time and show up changes which could indicate doping.
The FIG executive committee discussed the issue at its meeting in Lausanne late last week, with the federation's medical commission to assess the finer details of the project.
The FIG told Sportcal today that the FIG medical commission, headed by its president Michel Léglise, will "finalise the blueprint for the biological passport" at its meeting at the end of next month.
It added: "The proposal will be presented to the executive committee at their next meeting in Kuwait, May 6-8. The EC will then decide how to pursue."
In May last year, Uzbekistan's Luiza Galulina, who tested positive for a banned substance during the London 2012 Olympics, was suspended from international competition for two years (backdated to August 1, 2012, the date the test was confirmed).
Galulina, the sole Uzbek gymnast to qualify for the London games, tested positive for furosemide (a drug licensed to treat fluid retention and control high blood pressure) during training for the Olympics. She was initially expelled from the games by the International Olympic Committee and later given a six-month suspension by the FIG.
However, the World Anti-Doping Agency called for the suspension to be increased to two years. Galulina appealed her case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which sided with WADA.
At the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Vietnamese gymnast Do Thi Ngan Thuong was banned after testing positive for furosemide, and Brazil's Daiane dos Santos received a five-month ban a year later for taking the same substance.
The International Tennis Federation announced in January that its athlete biological passport programme will be fully effective in the sport by this September. The programme came into operation in the final quarter of 2013 and presently covers around 50 of the world's top players.
Cycling’s UCI was the first governing body to introduce biological passports, in 2008, and athletics has since followed suit. Fifa, soccer’s ruling body, introduced biological profiling of players for the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and will repeat the process at the 2014 World Cup, in the same country.
In other developments at the FIG executive committee meeting, Doha in Qatar was all but confirmed as the host of the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championhips.
Doha is the only candidate for the event and the executive committee said it has referred the 2018 host city decision to its full council, which will meet in Kuwait on May 9.
This year's championships take place in Nanning, China in October, with Glasgow in Scotland to stage the 2015 edition.