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WADA Prohibited List

The Prohibited List is updated annually following an extensive consultation process facilitated by WADA.


What is the Prohibited List?

  • The Prohibited List (List) was first published in 1963 under the leadership of the International Olympic Committee. Since 2004, as mandated by the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), WADA is responsible for the preparation and publication of the List.
  • The List is a cornerstone of the Code and a key component of harmonization.
  • It is an International Standard identifying substances and methods prohibited in-competition, out-of-competition and in particular sports.
  • Substances and methods are classified by categories (e.g., steroids, stimulants, gene doping).
  • The use of any prohibited substance by an athlete for medical reasons is possible by virtue of a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
How is the List updated?*
  • Guidelines for the annual review and consequent publication of the List are outlined in the Code.
  • WADA's role is one of facilitator of the consultation process.
  • The agreed process for the annual consideration of the List includes three meetings (see timeline below) of WADA's List Expert Group with a draft discussion List being published and circulated for consultation in June, following the second meeting.*
  • At its third meeting in September, the List Expert Group, following consideration of the submissions received from the consultation process, recommends the new List to the Health, Medical and Research Committee which in turn makes recommendations to WADA's Executive Committee.
  • The Executive Committee finalizes the List at its September meeting.
  • The updated List is published by October 1 and comes into effect on January 1 the following year.


What is the role of WADA's List Expert Group?
  • The List Expert Group is a panel of scientists chosen for their international expertise.
  • It is a subgroup of WADA's Health, Medical and Research Committee.
  • The List Expert Group meets three times each year.
  • The List Expert Group makes recommendations on the contents and revisions to the Prohibited List.
List Revision Timeline*

First meeting of the List Expert Group to define new and key areas of activities and allocate tasks. 
Second meeting of the List Expert Group to prepare the Draft List.
June - July
Draft List circulated to stakeholders (government and sport movement) for consultation and comment.
Stakeholder comments received;
Integration of relevant comments into the Draft List;
Draft List circulated to List Committee.
Third meeting of the List Expert Group to review comments and Draft List;
Draft List circulated to the WADA Health, Medical and Research Committee for discussion and final recommendation;
Circulation of the List to the WADA Executive Committee for discussion and approval.
Publication of the updated List which comes into effect on January 1 the following year.
The updated List comes into effect on January 1.

* This description of the process for reviewing and updating the Prohibited List is for information only. WADA reserves the right to deviate from this process and in no way any such deviation could be construed as invalidating the List.

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