Who we are

The World Anti-Doping Agency's mission is to lead a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport.


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.

Our Vision

A world where all athletes can compete in a doping-free sporting environment.

Our Core Values


  • We are the guardian of the values and spirit inherent in the Code.
  • We are impartial, objective, balanced and transparent.
  • We observe the highest ethical standards and avoid improper influences or conflicts of interests that would undermine our independent and unbiased judgment.
  • We develop policies, procedures and practices that reflect justice, equity and integrity.


  • We govern and manage in accordance with the values and spirit of the Code.
  • We are accountable to our funding bodies, while maintaining appropriate independence from undue influence.
  • We respect the rights and integrity of clean athletes.


  • We conduct business professionally.
  • We develop innovative and practical solutions to assist with stakeholder Code implementation and compliance.
  • We benchmark off and apply best practice standards to all our activities.

Logo story

WADA logo story

The square shape of the logo background represents the customs and the rules that define sport. The color black evokes neutrality and is the traditional color of the referee.

The "equal sign" expresses equity and fairness. The sign is depicted with a human touch to reflect the individuality of every athlete. The color green evokes health and nature and the field of play.

The "play true" tag line encapsulates WADA's core values and is intended as a guiding principle for all athletes at every level of competition.

The Agency's History

After the events that shook the world of cycling in the summer of 1998, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to convene a World Conference on Doping, bringing together all parties involved in the fight against doping.

The First World Conference on Doping in Sport held, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on February 2-4, 1999, produced the Lausanne Declaration on Doping in Sport. This document provided for the creation of an independent international anti-doping agency to be operational for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000.

Pursuant to the terms of the Lausanne Declaration, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established on November 10, 1999, in Lausanne to promote and coordinate the fight against doping in sport internationally. WADA was set up as a foundation under the initiative of the IOC with the support and participation of intergovernmental organizations, governments, public authorities, and other public and private bodies fighting doping in sport.

The Agency consists of equal representatives from the Olympic Movement and public authorities.