3 April 2017

WADA Compliance Review Committee meets to discuss current issues

The independent Compliance Review Committee  (CRC), a WADA standing committee, is tasked with providing independent advice, guidance and recommendations to WADA’s Management and Foundation Board on matters relating to Signatories' compliance with their obligations under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. The CRC makes its independent recommendations to the WADA Foundation Board based on information received from WADA’s internal Compliance Task Force.

The CRC held its latest meeting on 16-17 March 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland and discussed a number of Code compliance issues, including: 

  •   Updates on the status of the Code Signatories that are currently non-compliant (the Brazilian and Russian National Anti-Doping Organizations) and those Signatories that are currently being pro-actively monitored for compliance;
  •   The progress that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is making in the path back to full compliance, including the recent appointments to its Supervisory Board, and the recruitment and training of a new cohort of RUSADA Doping Control Officers;
  •   The scope of WADA’s compliance monitoring program, and how monitoring resources should be allocated between different categories of Signatories;
  •   An update on the completion of the Code Compliance Questionnaire sent to International Federations and National Anti-Doping Organizations on 20 February 2017;
  •   Implementation of WADA’s compliance audit program in 2017; and
  •   The principles approved by the WADA Foundation Board at its 20 November 2016 meeting for the imposition of clear, graded and proportionate consequences for non-compliance by Signatories with their Code obligations.

Concerning this last point, given the clear sentiment expressed by WADA's stakeholders that Code compliance must be the highest priority for WADA, the CRC resolved to recommend that WADA start consulting with stakeholders as soon as possible on the development of a clear legal framework for implementing the WADA Foundation Board's decision, including potential changes to the Code articles relating to compliance, supported by a new International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories.

The outcomes of the CRC discussions will be reported to and discussed by WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board at their next meetings on 17 and 18 May in Montreal, Canada.

For more information on Code compliance, please visit the “Code” section of WADA’s website at https://www.wada-ama.org/en/what-we-do/the-code.