International Anti-Doping Framework

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is an active participant in the global fight against doping in sport, contributing to international groups, forums and committees to achieve greater anti-doping standards worldwide. Anti-doping is an international issue that requires a global effort, and UKAD is committed to playing its part.

UKAD has developed strong working relationships with each of the groups below, providing expertise and input across a range of subjects to help contribute towards improved anti-doping practice.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

WADA logoWADA leads a collaborative worldwide campaign for doping-free sport and is an international independent organisation. It provides the rules that all national anti-doping organisations (NADOs) and international federations (IFs) must follow in the form of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

WADA was created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms at the international level. WADA is governed and funded by the Olympic movement and governments worldwide.

WADA provides guidance over the key aspects of anti-doping through six International Standards, which ensures consistency between nations and sports. As well as ensuring compliance with the Code and International Standards, WADA aids in the development of scientific research, education and anti-doping capabilities.

UKAD is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the Code, through implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.

Ad Hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA)

As the only pan-European WADA forum, CAHAMA’s processes allow every European country access to information related to the governance of WADA, and to play a role in the decision-making processes of WADA.

CAHAMA is made up exclusively of states parties to the European Cultural Convention, which meet on a biannual basis to decide upon a co-ordinated European position on WADA matters. CAHAMA typically meets ahead of WADA’s Foundation Board and Executive Committee meetings to decide upon a European mandate.

UKAD works closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to provide input to CAHAMA on anti-doping related matters, helping provide a strong European voice on the global stage.

Council of Europe Monitoring Group

Council of Europe changesThe Monitoring Group is responsible for ensuring the European Anti-Doping Convention, which promotes harmonisation in anti-doping matters across Europe, is respected and implemented by State Parties. The Monitoring Group is made up of delegates from the state parties who provide expert insight into State Parties’ compliance with the Anti-Doping Convention.

To aid in decision making, the Monitoring Group is informed by the work of four Advisory Groups on Compliance, Education, Science and Legal Issues. UKAD provides staff members to each of these groups, ensuring the UK is taking an active role within the European framework.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO logoAs the only United Nations agency with a sport mandate, UNESCO’s role is to develop a comprehensive global anti-doping framework, which helps harmonise anti-doping rules and policies worldwide in support of the World Anti-Doping Code.

To achieve this, UNESCO established the International Convention against Doping in Sport in 2005, to which the UK is party. Convention signatories meet every two years at an international conference. This conference provides an opportunity for discussion and debate on public policies in the fight against doping.

The conference also determines the allocation of UNESCO funding to signatories recognised as requiring assistance to develop and implement effective anti-doping programmes.

Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO)

iNADO is an independent international advocacy group for National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) and Regional Anti-Doping Organisations (RADOs). Since its formation in 2011, iNADO has worked to ensure that a clear and consistent message on anti-doping policy and practice is communicated to national and international sporting and government bodies.

Furthermore, iNADO works with NADOs – especially those requiring additional support – to enhance their programmes and incorporate best practice. UKAD helps to provide strategic support to iNADO in its ambition to improve global anti-doping standards.

International Anti-Doping Arrangement (IADA)

IADA is an intergovernmental alliance between 10 nations, including the UK, which works closely with NADOs to cooperatively pursue and promote anti-doping in sport.

The group meets annually to share experiences and gain a global perspective on international anti-doping practices. This helps enhance the expertise and knowledge throughout the network, and work towards a best practice doping control framework.

The UK is the secretariat for IADA in 2020.