Intelligence & Investigations

While testing remains a key tool to detect doping in sport, other methods have come to the fore, including a better capacity to investigate. In the last six years, WADA has developed its Intelligence and Investigation Department. In simple terms, we have increased our capacity to conduct investigations, collaborate with law enforcement agencies and protect whistleblowers.

The Intelligence and Investigations service operates independently within WADA to ensure confidentiality.  We are a team of professionals with extensive experience in law enforcement, investigation and sport. Part of our role is to investigate allegations raised by informants and confidential sources (sometimes referred to as whistleblowers).

We are committed to the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality, to help protect the values of fair play and sportsmanship.

Confidential Sources

We understand that coming forward with information or allegations is not a decision that people come to lightly. Should you choose to Speak Up!, we will listen and protect your confidentiality.

Visit Speak Up! to learn more about the program. If you have any questions, you can email the team.

Investigative Powers

In 2015, new provisions to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) gave WADA the ability to initiate its own investigations. Both the Pound Independent Commission and the McLaren Independent Investigation are a result of these new powers and have unveiled systemic doping activities. These groundbreaking investigations enabled WADA and the rest of the sports world to distinguish rumor from fact.

Annual Audits

On an annual basis, an Independent Supervisor is required to conduct an audit of WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations Department, in keeping with Article 9(a) of WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations Policy.

The audits are intended to ensure that the Intelligence and Investigations Department’s work continuously and rigorously satisfies best practices, follows the applicable laws and regulations, and protects the rights and privacy of individuals.

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Contact Information

Please contact us with any questions you may have. We are here to listen.

WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations Department

+1 514-904-8822

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