As the international independent organization responsible for coordinating and monitoring the global fight against doping in sport, WADA’s role and mandate are not to intervene on the operational level in specific sports, but to provide harmonized protocols.
WADA’s Executive Committee first approved WADA’s Athlete Biological Passport Operating Guidelines on December 1, 2009. These guidelines took effect immediately and have since been revised.
The Athlete Biological Passport Operating Guidelines have been established to harmonize the results of monitored variables within the Athlete Biological Passport to ensure both legal and scientific fortitude. However WADA’s Athlete Biological Passport concept does not undermine the validity or efficacy of any existing longitudinal profiling program that an ADO may currently operate. Rather, WADA’s Athlete Passport model is intended to equip ADOs with a robust and harmonized framework in which to pursue anti-doping rule violations in accordance with Article 2.2 (Use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method) of the World Anti-Doping Code and support intelligent, targeted testing.
This document provides an overview of the scientific principles behind the blood module of the Athlete Biological Passport and provides practical advice on the implementation of such a program. In addition, it includes mandatory requirements for collection, transportation, analysis of blood samples, and results management, those ADOs wishing to adopt WADA’s model will have to follow in order to ensure consistency of application and to comply with the World Anti-Doping Code and the related International Standards.