2 March 2009

Legal Opinion Deems ADAMS Compatible with European Data Protection Laws

WADA has now published online a legal opinion released in November 2008 by legal experts from the law firm Covington & Burling LLP about the compatibility of WADA's Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS) with European data protection laws.

This legal opinion concludes that ADAMS, as currently configured, is compatible with and should serve to facilitate compliance with European Union data protection laws among the European-based anti-doping organizations that use the system.

"This study confirms that ADAMS is compatible with European laws and in no way prevents anti-doping organizations based in Europe from complying with their local laws in countries where such laws impose additional requirements," said WADA's President, the Hon. John Fahey. "I personally discussed this issue with a number of European government representatives last week, and WADA representatives have regularly met with various European institutions to address any questions, concerns and misunderstandings. We have always been committed to a constructive dialogue on this topic, and we will continue to promote a better understanding of WADA's activities and rules in order to further advance the global fight against doping in sport."

Click here for more information on ADAMS.

Click here for the Q&A published by WADA on February 18, 2009, about the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.