Changes to the World Anti-Doping Code for 2015

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: 

It is extremely important that you update yourself on the changes by visiting the site.

You are solely responsible for banned substances for any banned substance you use or attempt to sue or is found in your system regardless of how it got there and whether there was an intention to cheat or not.

The minimum sanction for deliberate cheating is now 4 years and there is less leniency for carelessness – you are more likely to receive a 2 year ban for inadvertent doping.

There are two new Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV) to be aware of:

  • New ADRV: Complicity - If you help to cover up, are involved in, or support someone else to avoid being detected for an ADRV, you may be banned
  • New ADRV: Prohibited Association - If you ‘associate’ with a person such as a coach, doctor or physio who is either banned for doping, or has been sanctioned in some other way for similar behaviour, you will be required to stop that association. If you refuse, then you may be banned

Key information for athletes, including a breakdown of the key World Anti-Doping Code Changes can be located via:

UKAD have pulled together a useful Frequently Asked Questions document, which highlights key changes and the implementation timeline, the FAQs can be found at:

The Code is frequently revised to better protect clean athletes around the world; it is the internationally agreed set of anti-doping rules that apply to all athletes, in all countries that are Signatories to the Code.

Further information can be found at: or if you have a general enquiry, please contact UKAD

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