Code and IS Review Process

2015 World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards Review

The World Anti-Doping Code (Code) is the fundamental and universal document upon which the World Anti-Doping Program in sport is based.  The Code’s purpose is to advance the anti-doping effort through universal harmonization of core anti-doping elements. 

The International Standards (IS) for different technical and operational areas within the anti-doping program have been and will be developed in consultation with the Signatories and governments and approved by WADA.  The purpose of the International Standards is harmonization among Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) responsible for specific technical and operational parts of anti-doping programs.  Adherence to the International Standards is mandatory for compliance with the Code.

Consultation Process

In 2011, building on past experience and to further advance anti-doping efforts, WADA initiated a Code consultation period similar to that used during its development and for the revised Code (2009). This consultation, which was carried out in three phases, allowed for a practical review of the Code’s provisions and some fine-tuning to enhance anti-doping programs. It provided stakeholders with the opportunity to contribute constructively to the improvement of the Code.

Stakeholders were urged to take into account experiences with the 2009 Code when they provided suggestions for amendments. In view of the relatively successful and harmonious operation to-date, stakeholders were asked to look carefully at the areas, which would benefit from changes, additions or omissions, and to reflect on the benefits to the global community of athletes arising from any suggested alteration.

The consultation process was managed by an expert project management team and included the review and approval from the WADA Executive Committee.

The 2015 Code was endorsed in 2013 by the WADA Foundation Board at the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa, and came into effect on 1 January 2015.

Code Consultation Phases

First Consultation Phase

The Code consultation process commenced on 28 November 2011.

A call for comments was sent to all stakeholders who were encouraged to consider their experiences in providing suggestions for any amendments. Feedback was received over a three and a half month period from more than 90 stakeholders.

The Code Drafting Team met frequently during the first half of 2012. They examined the comments received, drafted preliminary versions and presented Draft Version 1.0 for approval to the WADA Executive Committee in May 2012.

The first Draft of the 2015 Code (version 1.0) was the result of the comments received during the First Consultation Phase.

Second Consultation Phase

The Second Consultation Phase commenced on 1 June 2012.

A call for comments was sent to all stakeholders who were encouraged to consider their experiences in providing suggestions for any amendments. Feedback was received over a four and a half month period from more than 100 stakeholders.

The Code Drafting Team met frequently during the second half of 2012. They examined the comments received, drafted preliminary versions and presented Draft Version 2.0 for approval to the WADA Executive Committee in November 2012.

The second Draft of the 2015 Code (version 2.0) was the result of the comments received during the Second Consultation Phase.

Third Consultation Phase

The Third Consultation Phase commenced on 3 December 2012 when a call for comments was sent to all stakeholders. Feedback was received over a three month period, concluding 1 March 2013.

The Code Drafting team met with stakeholders frequently during the first half of 2013. They examined the comments received, drafted preliminary versions and presented Draft Version 3.0, along with the second Revised Draft of the International Standards (Version 2.0), for approval to the WADA Executive Committee in May 2013.

The adoption of the amended Code and International Standards took place at the WADA Foundation Board Meeting during the World Conference on Doping in Sport, hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 12 to15 November 2013.

The third Draft of the 2015 Code (version 3.0) was the result of an intensive 18-month review of the 2009 Revised Code and associated International Standards.

Legal Opinion on Draft 2015 Code

At the request of WADA, Jean-Paul Costa wrote a Legal Opinion regarding the draft Code, which examines the issue of the compatibility of several provisions of the draft revision of the Code with the accepted principles of international law and human rights.

WADA would like to express its thanks to all stakeholders who participated in this important Code-strengthening process and for their continued commitment to doping-free sport.

International Standards Consultation Phases

First and Second Consultation Phases

As part of the Code Review Process, we also launched the first and second consultation phases for the International Standards for review and comment.

Adoption of the revised ISs occurred at the WADA Executive Committee Meeting during the World Conference on Doping in Sport, hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 12 to15 November 2013.

WADA would like to express its thanks to all stakeholders who have participated in this important Code-strengthening process and for their continued commitment to doping-free sport.

All of the International Standards below are available for download:

The List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is also available for download, and online reference.

Johannesburg Declaration

15 November 2013

The Sport Movement and Governments of the world, at the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport hosted in Johannesburg (South Africa), adopted a resolution (Johannesburg Declaration); in which, they renewed their joint commitment to a rigorous fight against doping in sport and approved the strengthening of the Code.