World of Anti-Doping

The World Anti-Doping Agency

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international agency that promotes worldwide anti-doping harmonisation and implements the World Anti-Doping Code and the Prohibited List.

WADA is working towards a world where all athletes can compete in a doping-free sporting environment. Its activities include scientific research, education, development of National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADO), and monitoring compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) in all sports and all countries.

Find out more about WADA

National Anti-Doping Agencies

National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) are responsible for anti-doping policy and programmes within their country. They are responsible for testing their own athletes and those of other nations when they are competing or training in that country. NADOs also educate and inform athletes about anti-doping and are involved in the prosecution of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs).

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is the NADO for the UK, and is responsible for the implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy. 

See a list of NADOs here.

UK Anti-Doping

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is the UK's National Anti-Doping Agency dedicated to protecting a culture of clean sport. Every day, we are raising awareness of the issues through our extensive education and testing programme. As well as helping athletes to understand and abide by the rules, we also prosecute offenders.

Together with our partners, we are working for everyone who loves sport, whether they are competing, training or spectating, to create a level-playing field where all athletes know they can compete fairly and in the true spirit of sport.

For more information about UKAD.

International Federations

International Federations (IFs) are responsible for the management and integrity of their sport on an international level. They undertake everyday administration of the sport, organise competitions, encourage the rules of fair play and supervise the development of athletes at every level.

IFs also have anti-doping responsibilities, which include conducting testing at their own competitions, managing anti-doping rule violations that occur under their jurisdiction and providing education to their members about clean sport.

You can find a list of IFs here.

International Olympic and Paralympic Committees

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) organise and manage the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.

The IOC and IPC are responsible for the testing of athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They also sanction those who commit anti-doping rule violations during the Games.

For more information about the IOC and the IPC

Major Event Organisers

Major Event Organisers organise continental, regional or international events, such as the ATP who manage the Tennis World Series.

In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), Major Event Organisers must do everything possible to ensure that world championships and major sporting events are only held in countries where the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) and National Olympic and Paralympic Committees are in compliance with the Code.

The World Anti-Doping Code

The World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) aims to ensure that all athletes benefit from the same anti-doping procedures and protections, and can participate in competition that is clean, safe and fair.

The Code is the core document that harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sporting organisations across the world. It sets the International Standards for Testing and Investigation, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, and Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.

More than 120 countries are Signatories to the Code, and ensure that all sporting activity in their country complies with it. In the UK, this role is fulfilled by UK Anti-Doping. If you’re training or competing in the UK, you will need to comply with the Code.

The first World Anti-Doping Code came into force in 2004 and was revised in 2009. The 2015 Code came into effect on 1 January 2015.

Click here to access the latest version.

Report Doping in Sport

UKAD launched the Report Doping in Sport hotline in June 2010 and later an online form, both of which are hosted by Crimestoppers. 

These channels enable everyone to help to keep sport clean by offering the opportunity to report any doping suspicions, no matter how small they might be. UKAD offers assurances that the information is confidential, handled by a trained Intelligence team, and appropriate action is only taken following careful research.

Find out more about Report Doping in Sport.

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