Code and IS Review Process

On 1 June 2017, WADA launched phase 1 of a stakeholder consultation process regarding:

  1. review of a limited number of World Anti-Doping Code (Code) articles related to Code compliance; and
  2. a new International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS).

The consultation process is further to the WADA Foundation Board’s 18 May 2017 approval of development of a framework that outlines:

  • Code Signatories’ rights and responsibilities.
  • the ways WADA supports Signatories in achieving and maintaining Code compliance;
  • a range of graded, proportionate and predictable consequences that could be levied in situations of non-compliance with the Code by a Signatory; and
  • a process whereby the consequences can be imposed by an independent tribunal.

Development of this framework necessitates amendment to a limited number of Code provisions related to compliance; and, development of an ISCCS.  In keeping with article 23.7 of the Code, WADA is initiating the consultation process to receive and respond to recommendations; and, to facilitate review and feedback from athletes and other stakeholders – all with the view to seeking Board approval in November 2017 and the changes entering into effect in early 2018.

To submit comments via WADAConnect

  • For this first phase, we would ask you to propose recommendations no later than 31 July 2017 via WADAConnect, the Agency’s online consultation platform. 
  • Easy to use, WADAConnect will prompt you to create a user account and input your comments regarding aspects of the Code review and/or the ISCCS that are of particular interest to you.
  • For more information related to WADAConnect, please refer to the simple user guide.

In terms of the broader consultation timeline, starting 1 August 2017, second drafts will be developed based off of stakeholder feedback.  Then, on 1 September, stakeholders will be solicited once again for the second consultation phase that will run through 14 October.  If, following review of those comments, it appears that there is sufficient consensus to proceed without a further round of formal consultation; third drafts will be developed for circulation to WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board on 31 October prior to being presented to the Committee and Board for approval on 15 and 16 November respectively.

Please note that, in the interest of transparency, WADA will publish all comments on its website at the end of each phase of the consultation process; and, stakeholder credentials -- such as user name, organization and organization type -- will be posted along with the comments unless WADA is otherwise notified.