October 7, 2014
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WADA issues new Guidelines based on 2015 Code and International Standards

With less than three months remaining until the introduction of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (Code), WADA is pleased to issue nine Guidelines which are immediately available for stakeholders.

The purpose of Guidelines is to further enhance the quality and consistency of key aspects of anti-doping programs, and to provide guidance in key areas. Guidelines are considered Level III documents, meaning that they are not considered mandatory for stakeholders to adopt. The issuance of the Guidelines follows the review undertaken by WADA of all existing Level III documents considered pertinent to the provisions of the 2015 Code and Standards.

Some Guidelines have been substantially overhauled to ensure that not only are they in line with 2015 provisions, but that they also reflect current best practices. The analysis undertaken by WADA helped identify what new elements of anti-doping practice under the revised Code and Standards warranted additional guidance for Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs).

There are nine Guidelines – seven of which are updates to current Guidelines, and two of which are new – include:

New Guidelines

  1. Guidelines for Results Management, Hearings and Decisions
  2. Guidelines for Implementing an Effective Testing Program  

Updated Guidelines

  1. Urine Sample Collection Guidelines
  2. Blood Sample Collection Guidelines
  3. Breath Alcohol Testing Guidelines
  4. Sample Collection Personnel Recruitment, Training, Accreditation and Re-Accreditation Guidelines
  5. Therapeutic Use Exemption Guidelines
  6. Education Program Guidelines
  7. Athlete Biological Passport Guidelines

WADA will continue to amend Guidelines, following ongoing consultation with all stakeholders.

Further information on 2015 Code Implementation can be found on WADA’s website.