Code Review Process

The World Anti-Doping Code (Code) represents a unique and unprecedented triumph of Sport and Government joining forces to address a critical problem that continues to threaten public health and the integrity of sport. Their commitment to ridding sport of the scourge of doping was evident in the early stages of the Code’s development, including, as part of an international consultative process, the submission, consideration, and inclusion of many official comments. The result of these efforts is the core document that now provides the framework for harmonized anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities.

In the practical application of the Code, the goal is that all athletes and members of the “athlete entourage” benefit from the same anti-doping procedures and protections, no matter the sport, the nationality, or the country where tested, so that athletes may participate in competition that is safe and fair. In this regard, the Code has proven to be a very powerful and effective tool.

Building on the experience gained to-date and to further advance anti-doping efforts, WADA has again initiated a Code consultation period similar to that used in its development and for the revised Code (2009). This will allow a practical review of the Code’s provisions and some fine-tuning to enhance anti-doping programs. The consultation provides stakeholders with the opportunity to contribute constructively to the improvement of the Code. The 2015 revised Code was presented to the WADA Foundation Board for endorsement at the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2013.

Consultation Process

Building on the experience gained to-date and to further advance anti-doping efforts, WADA had initiated a Code consultation process similar to that used in the development of the Code and for the revised Code (2009).

The consultation provided stakeholders with the opportunity to contribute constructively to the improvement of the Code.

The Code consultation process included three stages and was concluded at the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2013.

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 change, additions or omissions, and 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.

Code Consultation Phases

1st Consultation

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 1st Consultation Phase and is available for download.

2nd Consultation

The 2nd Code consultation process commenced on June 1, 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 2nd Consultation Phase and is available for download.

3rd Consultation

The 3rd Consultation Phase commenced on December 3, 2012 when a call for comments was sent to all stakeholders. Feedback was received over a three month period, concluding March 1, 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 2nd Revised Draft of the International Standards (Version 2.0), for approval to the WADA Executive Committee in May 2013.

The adoption of the amended World Anti-Doping 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, 12-15 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. It is now available for download.

Code Final Draft

WADA is pleased to publish Final Draft 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and related International Standards. These drafts are the result of extensive consultation with stakeholders over a period of nearly two years and complete a full revision of the existing World Anti-Doping Code and related International Standards. Adoption of the revised Code occured at the WADA Foundation Board Meeting during the World Conference on Doping in Sport, hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, 12-15 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.

Legal Opinion on Draft 2015 WADC

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

IS Consultation Phases

1st and 2nd Consultations

As part of the Code Review Process, we also launched the first and second consultation phases for the International Standards (IS) for review and comment. The comments on each of the following IS are available for download.

  • International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)
  • International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI)
  • International Standard for Testing (IST)
  • International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE)
IS Final Draft

WADA is pleased to publish Final Draft 2015 International Standards related to the Final Draft 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. These drafts are the result of extensive consultation with stakeholders over a period of nearly two years and complete a full revision of the existing International Standards.

Adoption of the revised International Standards occured at the WADA Executive Committee Meeting during the World Conference on Doping in Sport, hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, 12-15 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.

The documents for each of the following IS are available for download.

  • International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)
  • International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI)
  • International Standard for Testing (IST)
  • International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE)

Johannesburg Declaration

November 15, 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 World Anti-Doping Code.

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