WADA publishes Guidelines for Implementing the Technical Document for Sport Specific Analysis (TDSSA)

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to publish Guidelines for Implementing the Technical Document for Sport Specific Analysis (TDSSA Guidelines) that support version 9.0 of the TDSSA.  

The TDSSA is a mandatory Level 2 document that must be implemented by all Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) that are Signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code. These new TDSSA Guidelines replace the TDSSA Supporting Document A - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and will assist ADOs in implementing the TDSSA requirements, giving practical examples and suggestions. 

ADOs can find information on the analysis capacity per WADA-accredited laboratory for the Prohibited Substances within the scope of the TDSSA on WADA’s website. For Prohibited Substances outside the scope of the TDSSA, ADOs can also find the full list of specific methods that are not included in the standard sample analysis menu and are available in WADA-accredited laboratories on WADA’s website. 

Application for Flexibility 

ADOs are also reminded that in accordance with Article 4.7.2 of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations, ‘an ADO may apply to WADA for flexibility in the implementation of the MLA specified for Prohibited Substances or Prohibited Methods as outlined in the TDSSA’. ADOs can apply for flexibility (up to 50%) in the implementation of the MLAs against set criteria listed in Articles 3 and 6 of the TDSSA. 

TDSSA Testing Guides 

Finally, information on the Prohibited Substances and Methods within the scope of the TDSSA and guidance on Testing strategies for each Prohibited Substance is provided within the TDSSA Testing Guides. A Testing Guide on Gas Chromatography/Combustion/Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) is also available. ADO staff involved in test planning and target testing of athletes are advised to be familiar with these Testing Guides, which can be requested by contacting WADA at  

Should you have any questions or comments regarding the TDSSA Guidelines, the TDSSA Testing Guides, or the application for flexibility, we invite you to contact