Code Compliance

As the international independent Agency tasked with coordinating, monitoring and promoting the fight against doping in sport, one of WADA’s core activities is to monitor the compliance to the Code of its Signatories.

While WADA is the governing body for the implementation of the Code, it is the Code Signatories who are responsible for the implementation of applicable Code provisions through policies, statutes, rules, regulations and programs according to their authority and jurisdiction. Signatories have a number of Code compliance obligations, especially under WADA’s new ISO9001: 2015 certified World Anti-Doping Code Compliance Monitoring Program. 

Below is more information on the steps Signatories take to achieve Code compliance and the resources available to them in meeting their compliance obligations.

How to become Code compliant

What are the steps for an organization to become Code compliant?

Step 1: Acceptance
Agree to the principles of the Code and agree to implement and comply with the Code.

Step 2: Implementation
Amend organization rules and policies to include the mandatory articles and principles of the Code.

Step 3: Enforcement
Enforce amended organizations' rules and policies in accordance with the Code.

How does my organization achieve Code Implementation?

After the initial step of accepting the Code, the Code signatory then determines how the Code is to be best implemented into its rules, regulations and/or policies in order to ensure compliance. These anti-doping rules must be submitted to WADA for review, in either English or French, in order for them to be pronounced in line with the Code.

Compliance Resources

Stakeholders worldwide have accepted the Code and have agreed to implement the applicable provisions of the Code in their policies, statutes, rules and regulations.

In order to assist stakeholders with these regulatory obligations, WADA offers Model Rules that can be found in the Resources section.

For International Federations

Please see the Model Rules for International Federations.

For National Olympic Committees

If there is an established National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO) in your country, you may use Model Rules for National Olympic Committees. If there is no established NADO in your country, the responsibility of anti-doping activities reverts to your National Olympic Committee (NOC) and you would then need to draft NADO rules. Please see the Model Rules for National Anti-Doping Organizations.

For National Anti-Doping Organizations

Please see the Model Rules for National Anti-Doping Organizations.


Under Article 23.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA monitors Code compliance.

The following signatories are currently deemed non-compliant (Last updated
12 April 2017):

Since 18 November 2015:

  • Russia – Russian Anti-Doping Agency

Furthermore, other signatories were deemed non-compliant at certain points in time but have since resolved their outstanding issue(s) and been removed from the non-compliance list as a result.

WADA wishes to remind International Federations (IFs) and Major Event Organizations (MEOs) of their respective obligations with regards to the awarding of world championships and events under Article 20.3.11 and Article 20.6.6 of the World Anti-Doping Code.