21 February 2019

Final opportunity to provide feedback for third phase of 2021 Code Review Process and second phase for International Standards

The Agency is also soliciting feedback for the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights

Further to our communication of 10 December 2018 regarding the above-referenced, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to remind you that 4 March 2019 is the deadline to submit feedback for:

  1. The third phase of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) Review Process
  2. The second phase of the International Standards (Standards) Review Process
  3. The first phase of the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights (Charter)

The whole review process culminates with approval at WADA’s next World Conference on Doping in Sport, which is to be held in Katowice, Poland in November 2019; after which, the revised 2021 Code and Standards will take effect on 1 January 2021.


The third review phase is of the second draft revised version of the Code that resulted from comments received from stakeholders during the second review phase. Accordingly, we attach:


In order to facilitate the review process, every Standard is listed below along with, where applicable, a Clean version, a Redline version, a Summary of major proposed changes and Comments received from stakeholders, all of which stem from the first round of consultation.

1.  The International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) is undergoing its first major review since 2015 – although there were minor updates in 2016 and 2018.

Following examination of stakeholder feedback, a revised version of the document was drafted and presented to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) in September 2018.   

2.  The International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), which took effect on 1 April 2018.

3.  The International Standard for Education (ISE), which is a new Standard that WADA’s Foundation Board (Board) approved for development in November 2017. A first draft was published for public consultation in June 2018 after it was presented to WADA’s ExCo and Board in May 2018. Following consideration of the public comments and input received through the Global Education Conference held in October 2018, a second draft is now ready for stakeholder feedback.

4.  The International Standard for Results Management (ISRM), which is a new Standard. The first draft was presented to WADA’s ExCo and Board in November 2018 and is now being circulated for stakeholder consultation. This Standard will undergo a second consultation phase following the May 2019 ExCo and Board meetings.

5. The International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI), which is the new version adopted by WADA’s ExCo in May 2018 to ensure alignment with the main principles of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation that came into force on 25 May 2018.

6.  The International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI), which will undergo two full rounds of consultation. The ISTI was distributed for the first round of consultation with marked up text to two sections for reasons outlined below:

  • Due to issues faced with sample collection equipment last year (2018), WADA appointed a small working group to enhance the criteria for equipment in the ISTI. Additional criteria have been included within Article 6.3.4 of a draft revised ISTI.
  • Over the past few years, WADA has received input from stakeholders, particularly Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) experts and Athlete Passport Management Units (APMUs), which proposed changes to Annex L of the ISTI.

Following the first round of consultation on the ISTI, and consideration of all comments from stakeholders regarding changes to the above two sections of the Standard, WADA’s ExCo approved all proposed changes at their meeting in November 2018; and, the revised ISTI will come into effect on 1 March 2019.

7.  The International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), which is a particular situation. It should be noted that a revised version (v.10.0) of the ISL was already circulated to WADA-accredited laboratories for comment from 2 March to 30 April 2018; and, a second version was circulated to all stakeholders from 14 July to 14 September 2018. This particular review of the ISL was triggered by some urgent changes that could not reasonably wait until 2021. However, the ISL v.10.0 was not approved by the WADA ExCo as presented at its meeting in November 2018. The ExCo requested that the ISL v.10.0 be subject to a further round of stakeholder consultation before it could be considered for approval in May 2019. If approved, it is foreseen that the ISL v.10.0 will come into force in late 2019. The ISL may then undergo further revision in 2020 to bring it in line with the 2021 Code.

8.  The International Standard for the Prohibited List is not part of the review process as it is reviewed annually via a separate stakeholder consultation.

As is the case for the Code Review, each Standard has dedicated drafting teams comprised of senior WADA staff and external experts that act as the review secretariat.

[Note: At this point, the Code and Standard documents are available in English only.]


The goal of the Charter, which has been developed by WADA’s Athlete Committee, is to clearly outline athlete rights with respect to the fight against doping in sport. While athletes’ responsibilities towards clean sport are set out in the Code, the Charter aims to further support athletes worldwide in their right to compete in clean, ethical and fair sport.

The Charter is a standalone document. This latest draft includes a section containing 'actual' rights and a section containing 'aspirational' rights, with the 'actual rights' being referenced to the relevant sections of the Code or the International Standards. 

The idea of developing the Charter was first tested by WADA’s Athlete Committee at WADA’s Annual Symposium in March 2017. After being well received by Symposium participants, the Committee followed up by conducting a global athlete survey as to its desired content. Since then, the Charter has been presented for discussion and feedback at various WADA events in 2018; including, the 2018 Annual Symposium in March; the first Global Athlete Forum in June; the ExCo and Board meetings in November; and, the various meetings of the Code Drafting Team.

WADA particularly encourages athletes to comment on the draft Charter which is now available for review in English, French and Spanish.


As indicated above, we would ask you to propose recommendations no later than 4 March 2019 via WADAConnect, the Agency’s online consultation platform. Easy to use, WADAConnect will prompt you to create a user account and input your comments regarding aspects of the Code and/or Standards and/or Charter that are of particular interest to you. For more information related to WADAConnect, please refer to the simple user guide.

Stakeholders are asked, to the extent possible, to draw on practical experiences and propose recommendations that would benefit the fight for clean sport worldwide. In addition, stakeholders are asked to be as specific and clear as possible when making submissions, i.e. by proposing text to replace the existing text.

Please note that, in the interest of transparency, WADA will publish all comments on its website at the end of each phase of the consultation process; and that, unless otherwise notified, stakeholder credentials (i.e. username, organization and organization type) will be posted along with the comments.

We look forward to receiving your feedback. The high quality of stakeholder feedback that was collected during the 2009 and 2015 Code Review Processes was instrumental to ensuring that the Code be strengthened over time in protection of clean sport.