National Equine Anti-Doping & Controlled Medication

BEF Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication (BEFAR)

BEFAR applies to all affiliated competition at National level in FEI disciplines.

For further information please contact BEFAR or your Member Body

FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List 

The system mirrors the FEI system and includes the adoption of the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List in its entirity, as the National Equine Prohibited Substances List.

>> 2016 Prohibited Substance List
>> 2016 Prohibited Substance List Changes

National Equine Therapeutic Use Exemptions

Athlete Guide

BEFAR Medication Form

BEFAR TUE Application Form


To view the BEFAR Rules please view and download Appendix E of the BEF Rulebook, which can be located here

BEFAR Hearing Body Rules

Further Information

Information about BEFAR

In March 2011 the British Equestrian Federation announced a new set of National Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication rules (BEFAR).

The rules, which closely mirror the FEI Regulations, affect all BEF Member Bodies in FEI disciplines and are incorporated into their rules.

All disciplines were fully compliant by 1st January 2012. The BEF Member Bodies concerned have welcomed this standardised system, which has created a clear policy for all members across those disciplines, with all adhering to the same prohibited substances list, sanctions and procedures. British Showjumping was the first Olympic discipline to join the system on 1st April 2011.

The system provides for an increasing number of anti-doping tests across the disciplines and all affiliated members should expect their horse to be tested, whether they are competing at grassroots level or at a National Championship. The Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Rules for international competitors remain unchanged.

Now that the FEI disciplines have introduced these rules, the prohibited substances, procedures and sanctions will be the same, whatever the discipline someone is competing in.

It is important to note that this system, in line with the FEI, adopts their prohibited substances list in its entirety, including a ban on Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). Under the National system, these are classed as Controlled Medications, which, if found in a horse's sample during competition, will result in a violation. BEFAR is supported and funded by all BEF Member Bodies and UK Anti Doping (UKAD).

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