Code Compliance

As the international independent Agency tasked with coordinating, monitoring and promoting the fight against doping in sport, one of WADA’s core activities is to monitor the compliance to the Code of its Signatories.

While WADA is the governing body for the implementation of the Code, it is the Code Signatories who are responsible for the implementation of applicable Code provisions through policies, statutes, rules, regulations and programs according to their authority and jurisdiction. Signatories have a number of Code compliance obligations, especially under WADA’s new ISO9001: 2015 certified World Anti-Doping Code Compliance Monitoring Program.

How to become Code compliant

What are the steps for an organization to become Code compliant?

Step 1: Acceptance
Agree to the principles of the Code and agree to implement and comply with the Code.

Step 2: Implementation
Amend organization rules and policies to include the mandatory articles and principles of the Code.

Step 3: Enforcement
Enforce amended organization's rules and policies in accordance with the Code.

How does an organization achieve Code Implementation?

After the initial step of accepting the Code, the Code signatory then determines how the Code is to be best implemented into its rules, regulations and/or policies in order to ensure compliance. These anti-doping rules must be submitted to WADA for review, in either English or French, in order for them to be pronounced in line with the Code.

Compliance Resources

Stakeholders worldwide have accepted the Code and have agreed to implement the applicable provisions of the Code in their policies, statutes, rules and regulations.

In order to assist stakeholders with these regulatory obligations, WADA offers Model Rules that can be found in the Resources section.

For International Federations

Please see the Model Rules for International Federations.

For National Olympic Committees

If there is an established National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO) in a country, the National Olympic Committee (NOC) can use Model Rules for National Olympic Committees. If there is no established NADO in the country, the responsibility of anti-doping activities reverts to the NOC which then needs to draft NADO rules. Please see the Model Rules for National Anti-Doping Organizations.

For National Anti-Doping Organizations

Please see the Model Rules for National Anti-Doping Organizations.

NON-COMPLIANT SIGNATORIES

Under Article 23.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA monitors Code compliance.

The following Signatories are currently deemed non-compliant (last updated
11 December 2018):

Since 16 November 2017:

  • Mauritius – Anti-Doping Unit, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mauritius

Since 6 December 2018:

  • Nigeria – Nigerian National Anti-Doping Committee

WADA’s Executive Committee decided that the following Signatories have the period indicated below to solve a number of non-conformities related to the implementation of its anti-doping program identified through WADA’s Compliance Monitoring Program.

  • DPR Korea – Democratic People’s Republic Korea Anti-Doping Committee (from 20 September 2018 until 20 January 2019)
  • FIG – International Gymnastics Federation (from 14 November 2018 until 14 March 2019)

Furthermore, other Signatories were deemed non-compliant at certain points in time but have since resolved their outstanding issue(s) and been removed from the non-compliance list as a result.

WADA wishes to remind International Federations (IFs) and Major Event Organizations (MEOs) of their respective obligations with regards to the awarding of world championships and events under Article 20.3.11 and Article 20.6.6 of the World Anti-Doping Code.

REPORTING NON-CONFORMITIES

Non-conformities with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and International Standards can be reported to WADA at compliance@wada-ama.org. Please describe the non-conformities in as much detail as possible.

If the information is confidential in nature, using WADA’s “Speak Up!” platform is another option to alert WADA.