International Human Anti-Doping

It is vital if you are competing at a national or international level you understand the rules and guidance surrounding anti-doping – both for humans and equines.

Changes to the World Anti-Doping Code for 2015 came into effect on 1 January 2015. It is critical that all athletes (competing at both a national and international level) and their support personnel and partners appreciate that the anti-doping system applies to them and ensure that they are fully aware of the changes made in the 2015 Code.

The document of Key Changes to the 2015 Code is housed on the UK Anti-Doping 2015 Code microsite; to visit the site click here: http://www.ukad.org.uk/2015-code

>> More information about the Changes to the 2015 Code can be found by clicking on this link

On this page you can find information about the International rules for human anti-doping

Documents you should refer to:

For International rules, you need to make sure you consult the FEI Rules, which can be located on the FEI website;

>> To visit the FEI website (www.fei.org/fei/cleansport) please click here

Useful Information about Therapeutic Use Exemptions:

There are occasions when an athlete must take a substance that is included on the Prohibited List to treat a genuine, documented medical condition.  In this instance, the athlete can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) which, if granted, means that a sample containing the prohibited substance for which the TUE is held will not be treated as a positive.

The Therapeutic Use Exemption application system differs between National and International competition:

  • Athletes registered to compete in any year with the FEI must apply to the FEI for a TUE in advance of competing - visit www.feicleansport.org
  • World Class Performance Programme-funded athletes must apply (if not applying to the FEI) to UK Anti-Doping for a TUE in advance of competing.
  • Athletes competing in National competitions and not covered by the above must apply to UK Anti-Doping retroactively, ie. after a test has taken place - visit www.ukad.org.uk

The process is simplified in the flow chart above.

In applying for a TUE, remember:

  • Your application will not be reviewed unless it is accompanied by the necessary supporting medical evidence.
  • The information from your doctor / specialist must demonstrate that all allowable alternatives (where available) have been tried and have not been successful in treating your medical condition.
  • The medication for which you are applying for a TUE must not put you in danger when competing.
  • Sufficient time must be allowed for the TUE application to be reviewed and granted.
  • Your TUE will have an expiry date.  Ensure that you note that date and apply for a renewal within sufficient time.
  • An FEI TUE will also be accepted at National competition, but a UKAD TUE will not be accepted at International competition.

If you have any queries, in the first instance, please contact your Member Body

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