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WADA 2015 Code

Wada Code 2015

There are many organisations that work to protect sport.  The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is responsible for leading the collaborative world-wide campaign for clean sport.  Established in 1999 as an independent agency and funded by both sport and governments, it manages the development of the World Anti-Doping Code.  The Code aims to harmonise all anti-doping policies ensuring that athletes and athlete support personnel are treated fairly and consistently.

The aims of the 2015 Code and WADA are to:

  •         protect the Athletes’ fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for Athletes
         worldwide, and

  •         ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programmes at the international and national level with regard to detection,
         deterrence and prevention of doping.

What are the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)?

The 2015 Code outlines ten Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs).  Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel (ASP), may receive a ban from sport if any of the following ADRVs are committed:

  •         Returning a positive test

  •         Using, or attempting to use, a banned substance or method

  •         Refusal or failure to provide a sample when requested

  •         Tampering, or attempting to tamper, with any part of the testing process

  •         Possession of a banned substance or method

  •         Trafficking, or attempted trafficking, of any banned substance or method

  •         Administering, or attempted administering, of a banned substance or method to an athlete; or encouragement, aiding and/or
         covering up of any involvement in an ADRV

  •         Receiving any combination of three filing failures and/or missed tests in a time period of 18 months (for athletes who are part of the
          National Registered Testing Pool)

  •         Complicity (new from 1 Jan 2015)

  •         Prohibited Association (new from 1 Jan 2015)

All ten ADRVs apply to athletes.  Only the ADRVs in bold apply to ASP.


Consequences are significant

Under the 2015 Code, a minimum four-year ban from sport will apply to those who are found to be deliberately cheating and breaking the rules.

The 2015 Code has little sympathy for carelessness – for inadvertent doping, athletes are more likely to face a two-year ban from sport.

All athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel need to make sure they have sufficient anti-doping knowledge to avoid committing an ADRV and receiving a ban from sport.

Find out more about the 2015 Code in the dedicated microsite on the UKAD website.  http://www.ukad.org.uk/2015-code