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.
Updates to FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List and WADA Prohibited List for Human Athletes:
The 2017 updates to the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List and the WADA Prohibited List for human athletes have been released and came into force on 01 January 2017.
Amongst other things, cobalt has been added to the Equine Prohibited Substances List as a Controlled Medication with a threshold limit, ie. a positive test will not be triggered unless the level of cobalt exceeds the agreed threshold level of 100ng/ml of urine. The feeding of cobalt within normal supplements and feeds should not cause an issue. The normal use of vitamin B12, which also contains cobalt, is likewise not an issue. Anyone who is concerned about cobalt should speak to their vet.
Of particular note in the WADA Prohibited List for human athletes is the change to the maximum dose of inhaled salbutamol and salmeterol.
Below you will find the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List changes and the WADA Prohibited Substances List changes which will come into effect on 1 January 2018.
At National level, please ensure you consult the BEF’s equine anti-doping and controlled medication rules, otherwise known as BEFAR, (which apply to all affiliated competitions at National level in the FEI disciplines), as well as the BEF Rulebook.
If you have any queries, please contact your Member Body in the first instance.
All information regarding International anti-doping regulations can also be found on the FEI website – this includes the FEI Prohibited Substances List (www.fei.org).