8 April 2016

WADA Independent Compliance Review Committee: April Meeting Update

As part of its enhanced compliance process under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (Code), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) formed an independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) tasked with providing independent advice, guidance and recommendations to WADA and its Foundation Board on compliance-related matters. The CRC makes its independent recommendations based on information received from WADA’s internal Compliance Task Force.

The CRC met in Montreal on 5 April 2016, and dealt with a number of issues related to the implementation of WADA’s Code compliance monitoring program.

The CRC endorsed new procedures related to:

  • The consequences of signatories to be declared non-compliant, and;
  • The “reinstatement” of signatories declared non-compliant that have addressed their outstanding issues.

The CRC discussed a number of specific cases of non-compliance, and also reviewed other matters, including:

  • Compliance audit programs;
  • Compliance questionnaire;
  • Mandatory use of the Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS);
  • Involvement of National Federations (NFs) in the implementation of anti-doping programs;
  • Challenges in transporting samples and doping control equipment between countries, and the possibility of Doping Control Officers (DCOs) operating in foreign countries.

The compliance of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) was also discussed and the CRC concluded that the current situation was not in compliance with the 2015 Code, since the bill, policy and ADAK rules have not yet been formally adopted. The CRC decided that unless the bill, policy and ADAK rules are formally adopted by 2 May 2016, its recommendation to the WADA Foundation Board will be to declare the ADAK non-compliant.

The CRC will issue its recommendations, and provide more details on its recent meeting discussions, at the forthcoming WADA Foundation Board meeting on 12 May.


In order to monitor compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA has established the Compliance Review Committee (CRC), an independent, non-political body, to provide advice, guidance and recommendations on compliance matters to WADA Foundation Board. The Committee is composed of compliance specialists from non-sporting industries, as well as athlete, government and sport experts.