Whereabouts and ADAMS

Whereabouts means that you must be where you say you are!

The Whereabouts system is essential to protecting your sport by being open and transparent about where you are, underlining the achievements of clean athletes.

Whereabouts is a system designed to support out-of-competition testing and it is a widely recognised tool that is an important part of an anti-doping programme.

Remember: athletes can be tested, any time, any place.  If you are asked to provide Whereabouts information and do not do so, you risk receiving a Whereabouts Failure and possibly a ban from sport.

The facts - what you need to know about Whereabouts

  • Athletes who are part of a Registered Testing Pool must provide Whereabouts information each quarter to enable out-of-competition testing

  • Whereabouts information must be entered and updated in the Anti-Doping Administration Management System (ADAMS) managed by WADA

  • If you are part of a Registered Testing Pool you must provide your Whereabouts information in ADAMS by 23:59 each quarter

  • For athletes on a National Registered Testing Pool (NRTP) and International Registered Testing Pool (IRTP) you must provide the following information:

    • Overnight accommodation

    • 60-minute timeslot

    • Regular activities, such as training, work, or school

    • Competitions

    • Mailing address

  • For athletes on a Domestic Testing Pool, you must provide the following information:

    • Overnight accommodation

    • Regular activities, such as training, work or school

    • Competitions

    • Mailing address

  • You must ensure that you provide clear instructions so that you can be easily located. For example, if your house/flat is in a rural area or not particularly obvious to a visitor, further guidance may be needed for the Doping Control Officer to find you. Access codes, buzzer codes, security numbers, hotel room numbers or side doors must be detailed in the ‘Additional Information’ section on ADAMS

  • Add all your regular overnight residences to your ADAMS profile, this will allow you to make changes easily

  • Whilst competing you must always include the competition title and the venue’s location on your Whereabouts profile. You must also continue to provide a 60-minute time slot, even on competition days

  • Whilst travelling abroad you should use the travel function in ADAMS. This should be used when you are unable to provide a 60-minute time slot between 5am and 11pm or an overnight accommodation entry due to travel. You should also include all travel details, e.g. flight numbers and air carriers

  • If you are on the National Registered Testing Pool or International Registered Testing Pool and you file your Whereabouts late, forget to update any changes or are not where you say you are, you could receive a Missed Test or Filling Failure.

  • Three Filling Failures or Missed Tests (collectively called Whereabouts Failures) in a rolling 12-month period is an Anti-Doping Rule Violation and may result in a ban from sport

  • If you are on a Domestic Testing Pool, and you receive three Domestic Testing Pool Filing Failures in a 12-month period, you could be added to the National Registered Testing Pool

  • Last-minute, unplanned emergency changes to your Whereabouts information can be made either directly on the ADAMS website or via the ADAMS Mobile App. If you can't access these platforms, use the SMS service by texting +44 7781480710.

  • If you retire from sport when you are on a Testing Pool, then you must let your International Federation and UK Anti-Doping know as soon as possible

  • If you choose to return to sport you must give six months’ written notice to your International Federation and UK Anti-Doping. If you do not provide UKAD with six months’ notice of your intentions to return to sport, any competitive results obtained during this period shall be disqualified.

What that means for you

You are responsible for the accuracy of your Whereabouts, even if you delegate this task to someone else

Even if you are competing aboard, injured, attending a Major Games or on holiday your Whereabouts must always be up to date

Your National Governing Body or UK Anti-Doping can help if you have any questions

UKAD monitors the frequency of last-minute unplanned changes on athlete’s Whereabouts profiles. If we believe that your updates are suspicious, you could be investigated for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation

What you should do

  • Download the WADA ADAMS Mobile App

  • Make sure you have activated the SMS text service and saved the SMS number in your phone

  • Tell your family, friends, coach and support staff that you need to provide Whereabouts information so that they can help remind you when your Whereabouts change

  • Set phone reminders for each day to check your Whereabouts information is accurate and up to date

  • Print a copy of your ADAMS calendar for coaches and support staff

  • Contact us at athlete@ukad.org.uk if you need help

  • Look out for the reminders from UKAD’s Whereabouts Support Officer towards the end of each quarter and let UKAD know if you are experiencing any difficulties accessing ADAMS

  • Make sure your email and phone numbers are saved on your ADAMS profile, and are up-to-date so reminders can be sent to you regarding submitting your Whereabouts for the next quarter

Where to go for further advice

For more information on Whereabouts, ADAMS or what being on a Registered Testing Pool means, visit the WADA website.