Human Anti-Doping

It is vital if you are competing at a national or international level you understand the rules and guidance surrounding anti-doping – both for humans and equines.

Changes to the World Anti-Doping Code for 2015 came into effect on 1 January 2015. 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 changes made in the 2015 Code.

The document of Key Changes to the 2015 Code is housed on the UK Anti-Doping 2015 Code microsite; to visit the site click here: http://www.ukad.org.uk/2015-code

>> More information about the Changes to the 2015 Code can be found by clicking on this link

On these pages you can find information about Human Anti-Doping:

Click to view National Human Anti-Doping Rules

Click to view International Human Anti-Doping Rules

For more information, view:

>> If you are looking for information on Equine Anti-Doping - both National and International Anti-Doping Rules please click here

UK Anti-Doping warning about Methylhexaneamine

Methylhexaneamine is prohibited in sport. It is increasingly being found in nutritional supplements, typically those that are designed to increase energy or aid weight loss. Methylhexaneamine is commonly referred to by a number of alternative names including 1,3-dimethylamylamine, dimethylamylamine, dimethylpentylamine, DMAA, forthan, forthane, floradrene, geranamine and geranium oil.

There is no guarantee that supplements are drug-free, even when all the ingredients listed are permitted substances. UK Anti-Doping counsels against the use of supplements; however, for those athletes who are considering using a supplement, UK Anti-Doping recommends caution, and advises a thorough assessment of the risks before taking them.

In order to assist athletes to assess the risk HFL, an independent organisation, has established a supplement risk minimisation scheme called Informed-Sport. This programme evaluates supplement manufacturers for their process integrity, and screens supplements and ingredients for the presence of prohibited substances. Athletes should be advised to go to www.informed-sport.com for more information.

Please make sure your athletes are aware of their responsibilities and warned against the risks of supplement use.

The following key points should be stressed to athletes to help minimise the risk of ingesting a prohibited substance through a supplement:

  • Keep in mind that www.globaldro.com is for checking medications NOT supplements, nor ingredients in supplements.
  • If you do use a supplement, assess the risks and refer to www.informed-sport.com
  • Keep records of all the checks you carry out before taking any medications or supplements.

We would like to remind athletes that they are solely responsible for any substance found in their body under the World Anti-Doping Code's policy of strict liability. Contaminated supplements or misleading packaging are not valid defences should an athlete test positive for methylhexaneamine or any other prohibited substance.

Anti-Doping: Changes to Prescribing Practices

It has come to the attention of UK Anti-Doping that prescribing practices might be changing in some of the regions, and that this may result in athletes being offered a different type of medication in their repeat prescription. We would like to remind athletes to check all medication carefully including repeat prescriptions, to ensure that they don't contain prohibited substances. 

An example of this change is in asthma inhalers. In some circumstances the inhaler prescribed has changed from one that contains Salmeterol (Seretide) to one that contains Formoterol (Fostair) for both single and combination asthma inhalers.  In this case, inhalers containing Formoterol would require a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) application, whereas Salbutamol inhalers require a Declaration of Use.

If you require further information, please contact your Member Body in the first instance 

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