WADA Compliance Review Committee discusses key issues of compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code

On 24-25 August, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) met in a hybrid fashion, for its second regular meeting this year, to discuss a range of important issues related to WADA’s World Anti-Doping Code (Code) Compliance Monitoring Program

The CRC Chair, Mr. Henry Gourdji, who was accompanied by WADA Management in Montreal, lead discussions on the following matters: 

  • New cases of Signatory non-compliance with the Code and International Standards, involving both legislation and Code Compliance Questionnaire (CCQ) cases; which, will be presented to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) when they meet on 22 September 2023 (if the non-conformities discussed are not resolved by then); 

  • The latest update on the reinstatement conditions imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in its award related to the case between WADA and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA); 

  • An update on current non-compliant Signatories, including the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Gabon National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) and the International Federation of Fitness and Bodybuilding (IFBB)

  • An update on the operations of Ukraine’s NADO and testing of Ukraine athletes. The Ukraine NADO has a suspended compliance case due to force majeure in relation to the ongoing Russian Federation invasion of Ukraine; 

  • The latest on the amendments to the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS) following stakeholder consultation; 

  • An update on the development and implementation of WADA’s Compliance Monitoring Program, including an update on anti-doping rules and legislation review, the CCQ and WADA’s Signatory audit program; 

  • WADA’s progress on its Compliance Annual Plan for 2023 and risk management program.  

The CRC also held two virtual in-camera sessions on 22 and 23 August to prepare, review and discuss documentation received for the meeting.   

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 the Code.  

The CRC Chair will report to WADA’s ExCo meeting on 22 September.