Anti-doping: new Prohibited List and Therapeutic Use Exemptions for 2015

On 1 January 2015, the new List of Prohibited Substances and Methods and the Therapeutic Use Exemptions will become effective worldwide.

Following the required three months’ notice period and the UNESCO communication to all States Parties, the approved provisions are now integral parts of the Convention.

States Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport pledged to recognize a unified list of prohibited substances and methods in sport and therapeutic use exemptions set out in Appendix I and II of the Convention adopted by UNESCO in 2005. This explicit recognition marks the commitment of public authorities to provide a transparent framework for the integrity of sport to the sports movement and to protect athletes worldwide. It aims to support and regulate periodic changes initiated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to provide oversight adapted to the fight against doping. It confirms therefore the List established by WADA for sports federations.

States Parties, in approving the amendments submitted by WADA, reinforce the process of harmonization and compliance in the fight against doping in sport on a global scale. This effort is crucial to identify scammers but especially to protect athletes with integrity, by promoting a transparent framework applicable for all.

As of 1 January 2015, the amendments approved by UNESCO normalize the changes systematically undertaken by WADA to adapt the fight against doping to current challenges. Prohibited substances and methods are constantly evolving. The use of certain substances by athletes causes increasingly complex metabolic changes requiring the need to adapt the answers triggered by the common action between UNESCO and WADA.

Under the coordination of these two agencies, Governments and sports federations ensure concerted and coordinated unification to safeguard transparency and integrity of sports worldwide.