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 participate in a doping-free sporting environment.


To lead a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport.

Our Core Values


  • We protect the rights of all athletes in relation to anti-doping, contributing to the integrity in sport.
  • We observe the highest ethical standards and avoid improper influences or conflicts of interests that would undermine our independent and unbiased judgement.
  • We develop policies, procedures and practices that reflect justice, equity and integrity.


  • We are impartial, objective, balanced and transparent.
  • We collaborate with stakeholders and the industry to find common ways to fight doping.
  • We listen to athletes’ voices, as the stakeholders that are most impacted by anti-doping policies and activities.
  • We strive to be diverse and inclusive to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities to be represented.
  • We are self-reflective and ask for feedback.
  • We are trustworthy and respectful of all our stakeholders.


  • We conduct our activities with the highest standards of professionalism
  • We develop innovative and practical solutions to enable stakeholders to implement anti-doping programs.
  • We apply and share best practice standards to all our activities.
  • We look for the most efficient methods to do our work.

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.