NADO Program

One of WADA’s core activities is to establish and maintain effective relations with NADOs, to implement development and capacity building programs for NADOs who require support, and to support NADO operational independence. The purpose of the NADO Program Strategy is to have a structured framework for NADO development and relations in place.


The overall objectives of WADA’s NADO program are:

  • Development and Capacity Building. To assist and support NADOs in building capacity towards the implementation of harmonized, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs.
  • Compliance. To support NADOs with compliance to the Code and International Standards and adherence to the requirements of WADA’s Compliance Monitoring Program.
  • Independence. To assist in strengthening NADO independence and governance by providing guidance and tools that are in-line with the principles of the Code.
  • Relations and Engagement. To establish and further develop collaborative relations with NADOs and other stakeholders.


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published a Guide for the Operational Independence of National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) that will support NADOs in strengthening and reinforcing their operational independence as required by the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).The Guide outlines the regulatory and practical measures that should be in place to ensure NADOs can comply with the Code.


WADA provides daily assistance to NADOs through all of its Departments, programs and activity areas.  In addition to this daily assistance WADA facilitates NADO-NADO partnerships. These partnerships include a detailed project plan where a developed, more experienced NADO assists and mentors a less developed NADO through training, guidance and mentorship. Some example of successful NADO-NADO partnerships in which WADA was involved directly are:

  • Azerbaijan – Poland
  • Belarus – United Kingdom
  • Egypt – South Africa
  • Ethiopia – South Africa
  • Jamaica – Canada
  • Kenya – Norway
  • Turkey - Norway
  • Uzbekistan - Korea


Established in 2015, WADA’s National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) Expert Advisory Group is a designated advisory group of the NADO/RADO Relations Department. The Group’s purpose is to review anti-doping issues impacting NADOs and provide guidance and recommendations to WADA on its overall strategies and activities in order to enhance collaboration with and development of NADOs globally. See members and Terms of Reference.


To consult the list of NADOs that are Signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code, please visit the Code Signatories page. **please note that if the competent public authority(ies) do not designate an entity to be the NADO of the country, this designation shall be the country’s National Olympic Committee or its designee.