The fundamental principle of the Athlete Biological Passport is based on the monitoring of selected biological parameters over time that will indirectly reveal the effects of doping rather than attempting to detect the doping substance itself.
Anti-doping organizations should consider integrating the Athlete Biological Passport into the larger framework of a robust anti-doping program in order to:
- Identify and target athletes for specific analytical testing by intelligent and timely interpretation of passport data; and
- Pursue possible anti-doping rule violations based on an abnormal passport, 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 (Code)
As the international independent organization responsible for coordinating and monitoring the global fight against doping in sport, WADA has taken the lead in the development of the Athlete Biological Passport concept. WADA’s Athlete Biological Passport Operating Guidelines were approved by WADA’s Executive Committee and took effect on December 1, 2009. WADA will continue to develop the Athlete Biological Passport, in consultation with stakeholders, by adding new modules.
Click on the menu to the right to access the Athlete Biological Passport Operating Guidelines and a Q&A on the Athlete Biological Passport.