Global Framework

Anti-doping across the world

The World Anti-Doping Code is the document that harmonises regulations regarding anti-doping in sport, across all sports and all countries of the world.

The Code provides a framework for anti-doping policies, rules and regulations for sports organisations and public authorities.

Athletes are required to follow the anti-doping rules of sports that adopt the Code. The Code is supported by six international standards that ensure a uniform approach to anti-doping around the world.

The Code is integral to ensuring that athletes can expect fair competition wherever they participate, and it provides international expertise to every nation.

Commitment to the WAD Code

In its commitment to the World Anti-Doping Code, UKAD seeks to protect athletes, promote clean sport and establish consistent standards.

By working with other National Anti-Doping Organisations, we stand a better chance of winning the battle against doping, which cannot be tackled by individual countries alone.

What that means for you

Published by WADA, the current Code came into effect on 1 January 2015. 

The Code is underpinned by six International Standards for how anti-doping programmes should be implemented:

  • The Prohibited List

  • The International Standard for Testing and Investigations

  • The International Standard for Laboratories

  • The International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)

  • The International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information

  • The International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories

WADA has recently revised the Code, with the new version coming into effect on 1 January 2021. On this date, new versions of the six International Standards will also come into effect, along with the following new International Standards:

  • The International Standard for Education

  • The International Standard for Results Management