29 September 2017

WADA Compliance Review Committee Update

WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) met on 25 September 2017 in London, United Kingdom, to discuss a number of issues related to compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). In particular, these included: 

  • A status update regarding the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which WADA’s Foundation Board declared non-compliant with the Code in November 2015. The update included a progress report concerning implementation of RUSADA’s “Roadmap to compliance”; as well as,  preparation of WADA’s audit of RUSADA that is being conducted from 27-29 September 2017. The CRC will review the outcomes of this audit and the general situation of RUSADA at its next meeting on 24 October 2017; and, will make a recommendation to the 16 November 2017 Foundation Board meeting as to whether or not RUSADA’s compliance should be reinstated.
  • The review by WADA of the Code Compliance Questionnaires (CCQ), submitted by International Federations and National Anti-Doping Organizations, and the distribution of related Corrective Action Reports (CARs).
  • An update on compliance audits that have either been conducted, are in progress or are planned for 2018.
  • Discussion regarding certain Code Signatories which, in keeping with the Code Compliance Monitoring Program, the CRC may recommend be declared non-compliant to the November Foundation Board; and, regarding other Code Signatories with potential non-compliance issues.
  • Cases whereby International Federations (IFs) awarded World Championships to Russia despite the non-compliant status of RUSADA. The CRC acknowledged that two of the three IFs in question had provided evidence that met the requirements set out by Code Article 20.3.11. The CRC also asked WADA Management to require additional information from the third IF for discussion at the next CRC meeting.

The CRC noted the positive developments achieved by Signatories through the implementation of WADA’s Compliance Program; and, encouraged WADA Management to share these positive outcomes with the anti-doping community.

The CRC – a WADA Standing Committee – is responsible for providing independent advice, guidance and recommendations to WADA’s Management and Foundation Board on matters relating to Signatories' compliance with their obligations under the Code.

For more information on Code compliance, please visit the Code Compliance section of WADA’s website.