The independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) held its latest meeting on 30 September-1 October 2019 in Montreal, Canada, to discuss a number of issues related to compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). In particular, these included:
- An update regarding the compliance procedure opened by WADA on 17 September against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) following identification by WADA’s Intelligence & Investigations (I&I) Department and by independent experts in digital forensics of inconsistencies in the data from the Moscow Laboratory retrieved by WADA in January 2019. RUSADA and the Russian Ministry of Sport have been given three weeks to provide their comments, together with a list of specific questions sent by WADA on 17 September. Once that response has been received and analyzed, WADA I&I and the independent forensic experts will report back to the CRC, and the CRC will reconvene swiftly to decide whether to bring a formal recommendation to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo).
- An update on the cases that WADA I&I has built and provided to the relevant International Federations (IFs) for results management based on data from the Moscow Laboratory unaffected by the inconsistencies identified and on other evidence.
- A review regarding the only Code Signatory that is currently on the Non-Compliant Signatory list (the Mauritius National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO)) and of the Signatories that are currently in a compliance procedure.
- A review of the latest draft of the revised International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), which is being updated as part of the ongoing 2021 Code and International Standards review.
- An update regarding the implementation by IFs and NADOs of the corrective actions identified through WADA’s Code Compliance Monitoring Program; in particular, the Code Compliance Questionnaire, audit program and continuous monitoring program. The CRC acknowledged the continuous growth of the overall level of compliance of Code Signatories’ programs as a result of WADA’s monitoring activities.
- A review of the Code Compliance Monitoring Program, including the long-term strategy, the prioritization approach and the Policy for WADA’s Initial Application of the ISCCS.
- An update on the incorporation of Major Event Organizations into WADA’s Compliance Monitoring Program during the second part of 2019.
- An update on the impact of WADA’s ongoing governance reforms on the CRC, including the upcoming process of recruitment of the future CRC Chair by the newly formed Nominations Committee.
The CRC is responsible for providing independent advice, guidance and recommendations to WADA’s management and governing bodies on matters relating to Signatories' compliance with their obligations under the Code. Its Chair will present to the next meetings of the WADA ExCo and Foundation Board on 4 and 7 November in Katowice, Poland as is the case at every ExCo and Board meeting.
For more information on Code compliance, please visit the Code Compliance section of WADA’s website.