13 February 2019
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WADA declares the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Anti-Doping Committee non-compliant with World Anti-Doping Code

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Anti-Doping Committee (DPRK Anti-Doping Committee) is, effective today, non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).

This follows the decision of WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo), at its meeting of  20 September 2018, to endorse the recommendation of the Agency’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) to assert the DPRK Anti-Doping Committee as non-compliant with the Code if the DPRK Anti-Doping Committee failed to meet a four-month deadline to correct non-conformities related to the implementation of its testing program.

On 21 January 2019, these non-conformities remained outstanding. As a result, WADA sent the DPRK Anti-Doping Committee a formal notice of non-compliance as per Article 9.4.5 of the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS). The DPRK Anti-Doping Committee had 21 days following the date of receipt of the formal notice of non-compliance to dispute WADA’s assertion of non-compliance, as well as the proposed consequences and/or the reinstatement conditions proposed by the Agency, as per ISCCS Article 10.3.1.

As the DPRK Anti-Doping Committee did not dispute WADA’s assertion of non-compliance, nor the consequences of non-compliance and/or the reinstatement conditions proposed by WADA within 21 days from the date of the formal notice, the assertion of non-compliance is deemed admitted. Furthermore, the consequences of non-compliance and the reinstatement conditions proposed by WADA in the formal notice are deemed accepted, and the formal notice is now a final decision.

In this specific case, as recommended by the CRC and approved by WADA’s ExCo, the consequences applied to the present case in accordance with Article 11 and Annex B.3.1 of the ISCCS are the following:

(a) The DPRK Anti-Doping Committee will lose its WADA Privileges until Reinstatement (see ISCCS Art B.3.1(a)), i.e.:

  • In accordance with the relevant provisions of WADA’s Statutes, the DPRK AntiDoping Committee’s Representatives shall be ineligible to hold any WADA office or any position as a member of any WADA board or committee or other body (including but not limited to membership of WADA’s Foundation Board, the Executive Committee, any Standing Committee, and any other committee).
  • The DPRK AntiDoping Committee shall be ineligible to host any event hosted or organized or co-hosted or co-organized by WADA.
  • The DPRK AntiDoping Committee’s Representatives shall be ineligible to participate in any WADA Independent Observer Program or WADA Outreach Program or other WADA activities.
  • The DPRK AntiDoping Committee shall not receive any WADA funding (either directly or indirectly) relating to the development of specific activities or participation in specific programs.

(b) Some or all of the DPRK Anti-Doping Committee’s activities related to testing will be subject to Supervision by an Approved Third Party, at the DPRK Anti-Doping Committee’s expense, including up to six site visits a year, with all costs to be paid in advance (where known) (see ISCCS Art B.3.1 (b)). The DPRK Anti-Doping Committee and the Chinese Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) have signed an agreement to this effect.

(c) The DPRK Anti-Doping Committee’s Representatives shall be ineligible to sit as members of the boards or committees or other bodies of any Signatory (or its members) or association of Signatories for a period of one year or until the DPRK Anti-Doping Committee is reinstated (whichever is longer) (see ISCCS Art B.3.1 (c)).

Throughout this process, WADA will continue to provide guidance and support to the DPRK Anti-Doping Committee to solve its non-conformities. The Agency has also been informed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that this issue will be raised when they meet with the two Koreas at IOC Headquarters on 15 February.