Program Development

Program development has been part of our activities since 2004, first through our Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) Program, followed by the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) Program. In mid-2021, we introduced the Program Development Impact Area, which was created with dedicated staff and strategy, and that reaches all ADO groups (NADOs, RADOs, International Federations (IFs), Major Event Organizations (MEOs).

This transversal impact area coordinates development initiatives with the relevant WADA functional areas and programs, particularly the NADO and RADO programs, to ensure all development work is implemented under a shared approach, maximizing the use of our resources and tools.

ADO Programs Assessment Framework (ADOPAF)

To achieve this effectively, the Program Development Impact Area has created the ADO Program Assessment Framework (ADOPAF). The ADOPAF continuously assesses the health of ADO programs from compliance and development data, providing a high-level view of individual ADO programs and the global Anti-Doping landscape by identifying trends and issues. The Impact Area then contributes to the design, development and coordination of programs to address these gaps with WADA functional areas and key stakeholders.

Effective institutions are key to sustainable anti-doping growth. Under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and the International Standards, ADOs produce the policies and procedures, mobilize and manage the resources, and deliver the programs.


As the global regulator and enabler for anti-doping, WADA supports ADOs to become sustainable and effective organizations that can deliver Code compliant anti-doping programs. The Program Development Impact Area contributes to this mission through three specific objectives:

  1. Assess the status of ADO programs and inform compliance, capacity and capability building activities.
  2. Coordinate Program Development initiatives.
  3. Monitor, evaluate and report on outcomes of Program Development initiatives.


Considering current compliance and development needs, the Program Development Impact Area has launched, in coordination with our relevant departments and programs, the following projects:

Program Development Projects

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    Testing Programs Project for Priority ADOs (2022-2023)

    The purpose of this project is to assist priority ADOs facing issues in the development and implementation of sustainable Code compliant testing programs. This project has two main objectives:

    • Enhancing ADO testing capacity (programs and resources)
    • Strengthening ADO testing administrator capability
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    Results Management Continental Panels Project (2021-2023)

    This project supports the RADOs and NADOs in the Americas, Africa, and Asia/Oceania in creating results management continental structures. The purpose is to enhance quality of results management processes and decisions within the RADO Program and ensure RADO countries panels meet the 2021 Code independence requirements. The project, initially scheduled to end in 2022, has been extended to 2023 to support the continental panels with capacity building.

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    Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) Development Project (2021-2023) 

    With a focus on NADOs and RADOs, this project aims to enhance TUE infrastructure, build TUE capability, and raise awareness on prohibited substances and TUEs.

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    Major Event Anti-Doping Legacy (MEAL) Program

    The Major Event Anti-Doping Legacy (M.E.A.L) Program capitalizes on opportunities presented by Major Events to support Major Event Organizations (MEOs), other Anti-Doping Organizations and partners, in developing and implementing capacity and capability building activities based on the needs and goals identified.

    The objectives of the Program include:

    • Improving the capacity and capability of National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations and MEOs;
    • Enabling MEOs and event organizers in delivering World Anti-Doping Code-compliant programs;
    • Ensuring a strong legacy component is embedded in all activities; and
    • Reporting and engaging with stakeholders after major events.

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