To date, the use of ADAMS is not mandatory for ADOs and, as a result, ADAMS cannot yet provide a full picture of the number of ADRVs or anti-doping sanctions.
ADAMS has evolved considerably since its inception in 2005. For the first time, the 2012 figures incorporated all data - both positive and negative – from ADAMS, and the assignment of each result to a Testing Authority (TA). These advances now allow the compilation of more detailed information than before (e.g. in-competition, out-of-competition, and importantly, by TA).
ADAMS has the capability to record ADRVs and sanctions through organizations that are responsible for the results management process. ADAMS also has the capability to record sample collection information and athlete profiles all within a secure and World Anti-Doping Code-compliant environment. This information is not reflected in this report because the figures were compiled with data entered by the WADA accredited laboratories and not data that is in the hands of ADOs.
These functions are available to all ADOs at no cost. With the full adoption of ADAMS by ADOs, the sporting community would have a transparent means for tracking results right the way from collection to sanction, while respecting confidentiality. In addition, a complete analysis of data would be available, including linking AAFs to TUEs and sanctioned cases. While the use of ADAMS is not mandatory for ADOs, WADA encourages all ADOs to take advantage of the benefits that ADAMS provides in order to further enhance the comprehensiveness of reporting in the coming years. It should also be noted that data entered by ADOs would further enhance the ability to assess the state of the fight against doping.
WADA continues to develop the ADAMS platform for the benefit of all stakeholders.