Code Compliance

Below is more information to help stakeholders understand their obligations with regard to Code compliance and reporting and to alert them to the assistance available from WADA in fulfilling these 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
17 February 2017):

Since 18 November 2015:

  • Russia – Russian Anti-Doping Agency

Since 19 March 2016: 

  • Spain – Agencia Española de Protección de la Salud en el Deporte (AEPSAD)

Since 20 November 2016 :

  • Brazil – Autoridade Brasileira de Controle de Dopagem (ABCD)

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.