September 12, 2013
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WADA Executive Committee meets in Buenos Aires

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) met in Buenos Aires, Argentina today. The Executive Committee discussed the progress towards the revised Code and the International Standards, Science Research Funding, development of the anti-doping laboratory network, introduction of the Steroidal Module, the 2014 Prohibited List and Monitoring Program.

Prohibited List

The Executive Committee approved the 2014 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. The new List will be made official and published by October 1 and will take effect on January 1, 2014.

As one of the cornerstones in the global fight against doping, the List specifies substances and methods prohibited in sport, and is a mandatory document for all organizations that have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code.

The annual revision of the List is a highly-consultative process facilitated by WADA, and begins with circulation of a draft List amongst its stakeholders. Comments are considered by WADA’s List Expert Group, which then presents its conclusions to WADA’s Health, Medical and Research Committee.

Following this, recommendations are made to WADA’s Executive Committee, which discusses the proposals before making a final decision at its September meeting.

“It is WADA’s duty to lead and shape the scientific debate and serve as the catalyst for scientific advancements in the fight against doping in sport. Updating the List has been, and remains a central part of that role,” explained WADA President John Fahey.

“The List is updated annually following a highly democratic consultation process with our stakeholders. We are confident that since 2004 - the year in which WADA assumed responsibility for the List – we have developed a robust process that allows us to deliver the most comprehensive document possible.

“Every year WADA is presented with new scientific and medical challenges. Updating the List on an annual basis is one of the ways by which we keep on top of these challenges,” added Mr. Fahey.

“The changes for 2014 will again add greater clarity to the List, and ensure that this document is able to better serve the anti-doping community.”

Monitoring Program

WADA, in consultation with Signatories and governments, is mandated to establish a Monitoring Program for substances which are not on the Prohibited List but which it wishes to monitor in order to detect patterns of misuse in sport.

Stimulants bupropion, caffeine, nicotine, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, pipradrol, pseudoephedrine (< 150 micrograms per milliliter), synephrine, and narcotics hydrocodone, mitragynine, morphine/codeine ratio, tapentadol and tramadol have all been added to the 2014 Monitoring Program for possible in-competition abuse. In addition, glucocorticosteroids have been added to the Program for possible out-of-competition abuse.

2015 World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards

Following the extensive stakeholder and consultation process the Code Drafting Team (CDT) has continued to address feedback received from stakeholders and from the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee discussed the progress of the 2015 Code and the accompanying International Standards for Testing and Investigations (ISTI), Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE), Laboratories (ISL) and the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPI), and approved the drafts.

The 2015 Code and International Standards will be ratified at the forthcoming World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg in November, 2013.

New Scientific Research Projects

As is traditionally the case at its September meeting, the Executive Committee approved scientific research projects for funding.

103 research proposals were received this year from 30 countries from all five continents, with 29 being selected by WADA’s Health, Medical and Research Committee.

These projects will help advance anti-doping research in such areas as longitudinal monitoring for testosterone abuse, new challenges in insulin detection, autologous blood testing and EPO gene doping detection. Project descriptions will be posted on WADA’s website once contracts have been signed.

Where applicable, these projects will undergo further review by independent ethical examiners, a process which will be completed in the coming months.

“Scientific research continues to be a hugely significant area in the fight against doping in sport,” said John Fahey. Working in conjunction with other techniques, such as non-analytical and investigative methods, scientific research remains central to our strategy, and of great importance particularly when it comes to enhancing existing detection means and identifying doping trends. WADA continues to commit significant resources, both human and financial, to research, and in doing this we work closely with external scientists, and pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries in order to advance anti-doping science.”

Development of the Anti-Doping Laboratory Network

The strategy for the future development of the anti-doping laboratory network was approved.

As of today, 33 laboratories are accredited by WADA, and compose the current global network of anti-doping analytical capability. The Executive Committee approved the number of WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratories be restricted at 40 over the next five years, and include better global/regional coverage; and further approved the development of blood analysis capacity in countries or areas of the world with limited or no blood analytical capability.

The WADA Science Department dedicated more than 30% of its operational budget to support anti-doping laboratory activities in 2012, in keeping with a steady significant growth in recent years.

Introduction of Steroidal Module

The Executive Committee approved the Technical Document on Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids – Measurement and Reporting (TD2014EAAS) to come into effect on 1 January 2014. This is the critical document that allows the implementation of the steroidal module of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) in ADAMS.

As with the hematological module currently in operation, the fundamental principle of the Steroidal Module is based on the monitoring of selected parameters over time that indirectly reveal the possibility of doping.

Operating Guidelines and related documents intended for the management of the Steroidal Module are in preparation and will be published before the end of the year well ahead of the launch.

“This is truly an exciting step in the fight against doping in sport,” said John Fahey. “We look forward to a large scale implementation by anti-doping organizations in the coming months”

Next meeting The Executive Committee will hold its next meeting in Johannesburg on November 12, 2013.