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Human anti-doping

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.

World Anti-Doping Code and British equestrian anti-doping rules

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.

UK ANTI-DOPING RULES

PARENTS, CARERS AND GUARDIANS

TESTING PROCESS FOR MINORS

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. 

CLEAN SPORT ESSENTIALS PARENTS AND CARERS OF YOUNG ATHLETES 2021

TESTING PROCESS FOR ATHLETES WITH AN IMPAIRMENT

Prohibited List 

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.

WADA 2022 PROHIBITED LIST

Key changes for 2022

  • Salbutamol – the daily dosing parameters for inhaled salbutamol will also be changing from 1 January 2022
  • Glucocorticoid injections – will prohibit local in-competition from 1 January 2022.

2022 SUMMARY OF MAJOR MODIFICATIONS AND EXPLANATORY NOTES

THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTION (TUE) FOR GLOCORTICOID

GLUCOCORTICOID TUE POLICY FAQS

Rules for 2021

2021 WADA PROHIBITED LIST

2021 HUMAN PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE - MAJOR CHANGES

amends anti-doping code

UK Anti-Doping warning about Methylhexaneamine 

How to check if your medication is permitted 

HUMAN MEDICINE HUB

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).  

Should you apply for a 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

Checking Supplements

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.

FEI Clean Sport

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.   

International Testing Agency

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...

  • In-competiton testing
  • Out of competition testing
  • Test distributuon planning   
  • Education
  • Therapeutic use excemptions (TUES)
  • Long-term storage and re-analysis
  • Results management 
  • Athlete whereabouts

report doping

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.

Please contact us if you:

  • are concerned about the behaviour or practices of an athlete, coach or support personnel
  • suspect someone might be doping
  • have witnessed doping in sport
  • have been offered banned substances.

All information is regarded as confidential.