The anti-doping movement faces significant challenges in relation to the trafficking of doping substances.Great inconsistency exists among countries in the treatment of the production, use and distribution of doping substances. In some countries, for example, the distribution of anabolic steroids is illegal, while in others no such law exists. This confounds international efforts to stem the trafficking of these substances—substances that have been banned by the international community as part of the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

Donati Report on trafficking

Indicative of the difficulties—the lack of national laws in many countries and the failure to enforce existing laws in others, as well as the dearth of reliable information to accurately describe the problem to develop solutions—is a report published by Alessandro Donati in February 2007 on the International Trafficking of Doping Substances.

Interpol Cooperation

Interpol and WADA have determined the need for greater coordination among law enforcement, but without the legal frameworks at the domestic level, and without the sharing of information among agencies, progress will be limited, at best. While the challenges are significant, it is encouraging that WADA and Interpol have formalized their cooperation in 2008.

UNESCO Convention and Code on trafficking

In addition, the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport went into formal effect on February 1, 2007, and governments’ individual ratification of the Convention should make way for the harmonization of domestic laws against the manufacture, trafficking and possession of doping substances, since the Convention lists specific measures for governments to take in this regard.

WADA works continuously with UNESCO to ensure that governments have laws in place to combat trafficking.

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