Model Rules, Guidelines and Protocols

Model Rules

WADA has developed Model Rules for National Olympic Committees, International Federations, Major Event Organizations and National Anti-Doping Organizations in order to assist these organizations in drafting anti-doping rules in line with the World Anti-Doping Code.

The 2015 World Anti-Doping Code revised Model Rules are now available for stakeholders to implement, and will assist in bringing organizations in line with the revised Code before it take effect on January 1, 2015.

The current Model Rules entered into force on January 1, 2009.

Along with the clean version of these Model Rules, you will also find a redlined comparison between the Model Rules based upon the 2003, 2009 and 2015 Codes.


Guidelines provide signatories with recommended practices for several aspects of anti-doping programming. These model guidelines are not mandatory, but offer technical guidance to ADOs in the implementation of programs. As with all guidelines under the World Anti-Doping Program, these documents are subject to ongoing review and reassessment.

WADA encourages feedback on the content of the Guidelines, and recommends that stakeholders always consult this Web site for the latest version.


At its May 8, 2010 meeting, WADA’s Executive Committee approved a protocol to further foster cooperation between anti-doping organizations in relation to Article 15.1.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code (Event Testing).

This protocol clarifies testing responsibilities among anti-doping organizations.