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 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.

In 2024 and 2025, ADOPAF will launch two initiatives focused on ADO benchmarking (2024) and landscape risk assessment (2025). 

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 and programs:

Program Development Projects and Programs

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    Testing Programs Project for Priority ADOs (2022-2025)

    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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    Privacy Development for Tier 1 ADOs (2024 and 2025) 

    The purpose of this project is to support Tier 1 ADOs in improving their compliance with the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI). The project has four key objectives: 

    • Ensuring ADOs have ISPPPI compliant policies and processes 

    • Providing training for privacy officers  

    • Supporting ADOs to strengthen their own privacy and information security training programs 

    • Working with ADOs to ensure they have adequate information security infrastructure

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    Results Management Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (2024 and 2025) 

    The purpose of this project is to improve compliance with the International Standard for Results Management (ISRM) by Latin American and Caribbean ADOs. The main objective of the project is to reduce the proportion of Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF) cases that remain open for more than 6 months. 

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    Continental Results Management Panels 

    Between 2021 and 2023, WADA supported Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) countries with the creation of three Continental Results Management Panels (CRMPs), Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia/Oceania, and Africa, which would meet the requirements of the 2021 Code. In addition, a capability building program was developed to provide training to these panels to enable them to conduct hearings in a timely manner and make decisions in accordance with the Code and the International Standard for Results Management (ISRM). WADA will continue to support the CRMPs and RADO staff with training opportunities.

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    Major Event Anti-Doping Legacy (MEAL) Program

    The Major Event Anti-Doping Legacy (MEAL) 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.

    You can find all MEAL Reports here

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