14 February 2020

WADA Compliance Review Committee update

The independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) held its latest meeting on 10-11 February 2020 in Montreal, Canada, to discuss a number of issues related to compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).

This CRC meeting was the first one to be held under the chairmanship of the Hon. James Wood, following his appointment by WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) on 23 January 2020. Mr. Wood replaces Jonathan Taylor QC whose term concluded on 23 January.

Discussions included in particular:

  • An update regarding the non-compliance case against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) that is pending before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
  • A review regarding the only Code Signatory other than RUSADA that is currently on the Non-Compliant Signatory list, the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF)1, and of the Signatories that are currently in a compliance procedure.
  • A review of the latest draft of the first Compliance Annual Report compiled by WADA, which will be published in the coming weeks.
  • An update regarding the implementation by International Federations and National Anti-Doping Organizations of the corrective actions identified through WADA’s Code Compliance Monitoring Program, in particular through the in-person audit program, the Continuous Monitoring Program and the new ‘Desk Audit’ 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.
  • An update on the ongoing incorporation of Major Event Organizations into WADA’s Compliance Monitoring Program.
  • A preliminary discussion on the future of the Policy for WADA’s Initial Application of the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), which was approved by WADA’s ExCo on 15 November 2017, and that was extended by the ExCo in January 2020 until the end of 2020 along with the related prioritization approach.

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. The next CRC meeting will be held on 1-2 April 2020 and the CRC Chair will report to the next meetings of the WADA ExCo and Foundation Board on 16- 17 May respectively in Montreal.

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

1 Please note that ITF is not the World Taekwondo Federation (World Taekwondo), which is the Olympic Federation for the sport of Taekwondo. ITF is a Signatory to the Code but is not recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). There are currently three Code Signatory International Federations for the sport of Taekwon-Do – the World Taekwondo Federation (World Taekwondo) and two other International Federations called ‘International Taekwon-do Federation’. The non-compliant International Federation is the ITF based in Austria. The two International Federations called ‘International Taekwon-do Federation’ became Signatories to the Code prior to the adoption by WADA’s Executive Committee of a policy setting the conditions to be fulfilled by new organizations that wish to become Signatories.