Drugs in Sport

Drugs in Sport         
Prepared by  Prepared by: Chris Hume and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Catherine Ordway, Anti-Doping Consultant (January 2017) 
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated:  5 October 2017
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Anti-doping arrangements protect the integrity of sport and promote clean and fair competition. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the peak international body responsible for leading the global effort to ensure sport is clean and fair.

The WADA Code (the Code) is the principal administrative instrument that sets the international standard for anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sporting organisations and national anti-doping agencies. The Code also works to ensure there is a consistent approach among anti-doping agencies in its application and practice including testing protocols; laboratories; Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs); the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods; and, the protection of privacy and personal information.  

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is responsible for implementing an effective anti-doping program within Australia, that is consistent with the Code and Australian laws.

Australian sporting organisation are responsible for managing the anti-doping rules for their sport and adopting and applying policies consistent with the Code. Australian athletes rely on their sport’s anti-doping policy to protect their health, the integrity of the competition and their right to compete against clean athletes.

Sports participants (including athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, sport science and medical practitioners, and other support and service providers) engaging in organised sport in Australia are required to comply with anti-doping codes, policies and practices as a condition of their involvement. 

Key Messages 


The WADA Code establishes the standards and rules managing anti-doping operations internationally. Signatories who accept the Code, including International and National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, International Federations, and their affiliates at National level, are bound to implement and enforce the Code.


The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is the Australian Government agency responsible for implementing an effective national anti-doping program in Australia that is consistent with international requirements and Australian legislation.


The use of certain performance enhancing drugs and methods in sport is prohibited. The WADA updates and publishes a 'Prohibited List', which is the international standard that outlines the substances and methods that are prohibited in sport.

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