The current version of the International Standard for Education (ISE) went into force on 1 January 2021.

The ISE establishes the mandatory standards that support Signatories in the planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of effective education programs, as stipulated Article 18 of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).

 Other objectives of the ISE include:

  • Defining of terminology in the field of education
  • Clarifying the roles and responsibilities for all Signatories responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating education programs
  • Helping Signatories maximize the use of their resources by

The Code, ISE and Guidelines for Education are aligned in that the Code outlines the framework for education, the ISE sets out the principles and minimum standards that education programs will include, while the Guidelines for Education aid Signatories to develop and improve their education program.


The Guidelines for Education, a non-mandatory document, are for those within an Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) who are responsible for developing and implementing an education program. Where the ISE sets forth a minimum of what to do, the Guidelines aim to help ADOs understand how to do it, through examples and suggestions. Where possible, the Guidelines show ADOs how they can how to go above and beyond the minimum standard.