Checking medications

Getting ill is okay, it happens. Failing a test because you took a medication that contained a banned substance is not okay. In fact, it is avoidable.

Athletes must check that any medication they use does not contain any banned substances.

Not knowing is not an excuse. There is no sympathy for carelessness.

The facts - what you need to know about substances

  • The Prohibited List describes what substances and methods are banned in sport. It is published on an annual basis on the 1st of January.
  • Medications prescribed by a doctor or physio or bought directly over the counter may contain banned substances.
  • Not all banned substances are banned at all times – make sure you know whether the substance you want to take is banned at all times or just in-competition.
  • If you are tested, you will need to complete the Declarations Box on the Doping Control Form by listing all medications (and supplements) you have taken in the last seven days.

What that means for you

If you take a medication that contains a banned substance and then are tested, you could face a ban from sport.

Sometimes you may have no option but to take a medication that contains a banned substance.

If you find yourself in this situation you must seek additional advice on whether you need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

What you should do

  1. Check all medications on Global DRO before using and save your search number as evidence you have done this.
  2. Repeat checks on existing and new medications as sometimes manufacturers change the ingredients they use, and the status of substances (whether they are banned or not) can change.
  3. Download the 100% me Clean Sport App and use the medications record section to record any medications that you take, including the dosage, so you don’t forget.
  4. Make sure that you declare all medications that you have taken on the Doping Control Form if you are tested.

Where to go for further advice

If you have asthma, there are specific rules as to how you should manage this. More information can be found in our Asthma Factsheet.