September 20, 2007
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WADA Executive Committee to Discuss Code Review, 2008 Prohibited List at Last Meeting before World Conference

The Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will meet on September 22-23, 2007, in Montreal, Canada. This will be the last meeting of WADA's Executive Committee-WADA's ultimate policy-making body-prior to the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport, to be held on November 15-17, 2007, in Madrid, Spain.

At the Montreal meeting, the Executive Committee will discuss the third working draft revision of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code)-the core document adopted in 2003 by the Sport Movement and Governments of the world as the framework for the global harmonized fight against doping in sport. The Code's third draft revision is the product of the third and final stakeholder consultation phase. The entire process of review and consultation will have taken over 18 months, and is intended to fine-tune the Code and enhance the global fight against doping in sport. The final draft will be published on October 15, 2007, and discussed and approved at the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport. (For more details on the Code review and consultation process, click here.)

Executive Committee members will also consider for approval the 2008 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, to be published by October 1, 2007, and enter into effect on January 1, 2008. The List is developed annually through a highly consultative year-long process, beginning with the circulation of a draft List among more than 1,700 stakeholders for comment. The comments received are processed by WADA's List Committee, who then presents its conclusions to the WADA Health, Medical and Research Committee, who in turn submits its final recommendations the Executive Committee at the annual September meeting. The Executive Committee then discusses the recommendations and makes a final decision. (Click here for more information on the List preparation process.)

In addition, as is always the case at the annual September meeting of WADA's Executive Committee, members will approve scientific research projects for funding. Since 2001, WADA has committed more than US$31 million to scientific research targeted at identifying and detecting doping substances and methods.

Other topics to be addressed include WADA's draft 2008 budget and preparations for the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport.

Click here for a recording of the September 20 press conference call by WADA's President.