In 2009, WADA released the first version of the Athlete Biological Passport Operating Guidelines, which introduced a standardized approach to the profiling of individual Athlete Haematological variables (the ‘Haematological Module’).
Since then, the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) has been successfully integrated into the anti-doping strategies of numerous International Federation (IF) and National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO) programs, resulting in countless targeted adverse analytical findings (AAFs) and many direct Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs).
WADA is now launching the Steroidal Module which joins the Haematological Module to complement the Athlete Biological Passport that, overall, aims to identify potential athletes for further target testing in addition to assisting detection of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs).
The Steroidal Module tests an athlete’s urine sample to observe unique steroidal variables such as testosterone, therefore making it a useful technique in spotting athlete abuse of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids.
At WADA’s Executive Committee Meeting September 11, 2013, a new Technical Document (TD) on the Measurement and Reporting of Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids for Laboratories was approved. This technical document (TDEAAS2014) comes into force January 2014, and sets the stage for the introduction of the new ABP Steroidal Module.
Accordingly, ABP Operating Guidelines were revised by WADA to account for this new TD, which was a pre-condition for the launch of the new Module. The updated Operating Guidelines provides guidance on the optimal way to implement this new anti-doping tool.
Enhancements to the existing Guidelines bring modest changes to existing mandatory documents on Sample collection, transportation of Samples and results management. The revised TDs were tabled for approval at WADA’s Executive Committee Meeting in November, and take effect January 1, 2014.
To address immediate questions that Athletes and the anti-doping community at large may have about the ABP Steroidal Module prior to its January implementation, please see a series of questions and answers in the right hand side menu.