Independent Observer Program

Ever since it was first launched at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, WADA's Independent Observer (IO) program has helped enhance athlete and public confidence at major sport events by randomly monitoring and reporting on all phases of the doping control and results management processes.IO programs are conducted in an objective, unbiased manner, and recently have adopted an audit-style approach which has allowed the WADA team to work alongside the Doping Control team and organizers every step of the way. Following the conclusion of an IO Mission, the team publishes a report covering all aspects of the anti-doping program and suggesting any possible areas for improvement.

Following its first successful program at Sydney 2000, Independent Observer teams have participated at more than 50 major events including IAAF World Championships, Mediterranean Games, Commonwealth Games, the Tour de France, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The reports from these missions are available in the Resources section.