If you're competing at affiliated national or international level, it's vital that you understand the rules and guidance surrounding anti-doping for both humans and equines. This section of the website focuses on the rules around human anti-doping – to find out more about equine anti-doping, click here.
Human anti-doping rules exist to protect the health and welfare of athletes at the same time as protecting the integrity of the sport itself and ensuring a level playing field. British Equestrian supports both the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in its human anti-doping work.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sets out the World Anti-Doping Code – a set of anti-doping rules under which all sports in all countries across the world must operate. It is critical that all athletes competing at both a national and international level, and their support personnel and partners, appreciate that the anti-doping system applies to them and ensure that they are fully aware of the the Code.
Responsibility for human anti-doping at international level in equestrian sport falls to the FEI. At national level, British Equestrian has its own human anti-doping rules, but the programme is managed by UKAD.
Minors are classified as athletes who are under 18 years of age. I'ts important that parents understand what this means and how it impacts on you and your child. Under the Anti-Doping Rules your child is responsible for any prohibited substance they use, attempt to use or is found in their system, even if they had no intention to cheat.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the 2022 Prohibited List and a summary of key changes, which will come into force on 1 January 2022.
Athlete health and welfare is vital. If an athlete has an illness or condition that requires them to take medication that contains ingredients listed on the Prohibited List, then there are steps they need to take to obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
The Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) provides athletes and support personnel with information about the prohibited status of specific medications, based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
Global DRO is for checking medications, not supplements or ingredients in supplements, and so does not contain information on any dietary supplemen
Informed Sport is an assurance certification programme for sports supplements. Products carrying the Informed Sport mark have been regularly tested for substances considered prohibited in sport. In addition, Informed Sport also ensures that products have been manufactured to high-quality standards. All athletes are advised to be vigilant in using any supplement because they could receive a four-year ban.
All information regarding international anti-doping regulations can also be found on the FEI website. The FEI have a very useful Clean Sport website, which provides information on their two anti-doping programmes – the FEI Rules for Human Athletes and the FEI Rules for Equine Athletes.
The International Testing Agency, often referred to by the acronym ITA, is an independent organisation which implements anti-doping programs for international sports federations such as the FEI. The ITA is supporting FEI with the delivery of their anti-doping program since January 2019.
ITA currently delegates the following services on behalf of the FEI...
If you have any concerns about possible doping in sport, we want to hear from you. Even if you think your information seems minor, we want to hear about it.
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