Model Rules, Guidelines and Protocols

Model Rules

WADA has developed Model Rules for National Olympic Committees, International Federations, Major Event Organizations and National Anti-Doping Organizations in order to assist these organizations in drafting anti-doping rules in line with the World Anti-Doping Code.

The 2015 World Anti-Doping Code revised Model Rules are now available for stakeholders to implement, and will assist in bringing organizations in line with the revised Code before it takes effect on 1 January 2015.

The current Model Rules entered into force on January 1, 2009.

Along with the clean version of these Model Rules, you will also find a redlined comparison between the Model Rules based upon the 2003, 2009 and 2015 Codes.


Guidelines provide signatories with recommended practices for several aspects of anti-doping programming. These model guidelines are not mandatory, but offer technical guidance to ADOs in the implementation of programs. As with all guidelines under the World Anti-Doping Program, these documents are subject to ongoing review and reassessment.

WADA encourages feedback on the content of the Guidelines, and recommends that stakeholders always consult this Web site for the latest version.


According to Article 5.7.1 of the 2015 Code, an International- or National-Level-athlete included in a Registered Testing Pool who has retired and wishes to return to competition may seek an exemption to the 6-month written notice rule where the strict application of the rule would be manifestly unfair to the athlete.

WADA has developed a protocol and exemption application form that athletes must use to make such requests, and a decision template that ADOs must use to provide their decision. Pursuant to Article 5.7.1 of the Code, WADA shall make a final decision on all exemption applications.