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2012 Prohibited List published by the World Anti-Doping Agency

The 2012 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods has been issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and will come into force on 1 January 2012.

The Prohibited List specifies substances and methods prohibited in sport, and is the single list for organisations that have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code.

The 2012 List sees a number of small changes, the most significant of which is that Formoterol has been added as an exception to category S3. Beta-2 Agonists.

Formoterol taken via inhalation no longer requires a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) when taken up to a maximum dose of 36 micrograms over 24 hours. The threshold limit within an athlete’s urine sample is 30 ng/mL. Any sample returned with levels higher than this will be deemed to be as a result of use outside of the therapeutic recommendations and the burden of proof shall shift to the athlete to demonstrate that the finding is as a result of inhaled use within the maximum dose.

As a result of these changes UK Anti-Doping reminds athletes that the British guidelines for inhaled formoterol range from 24-72 micrograms per day. If there is a medical situation requiring doses beyond this then a retrospective (emergency) TUE may be required. For further information, please visit the TUE page.

Other notable amendments to the 2012 Prohibited List are:
• Felypressin has been added as an exception to category S5. Diuretics and Other Masking Agents
Several sports have been removed from category P1. Alcohol and P2. Beta-blockers:
• Alcohol is no longer prohibited in Ninepin and Tenpin Bowling (FIQ).
• Beta-blockers are no longer prohibited in: Bobsleigh and Skeleton (FIBT), Curling (WCF), Modern Pentathlon (UIPM), Motorcycling (FIM), Sailing (ISAF) and Wrestling (FILA)

Clarification has been given around Glycerol, prohibited as a plasma expander. The 2012 Prohibited List clarifies that Glycerol must be ingested in quantities far beyond that which are commonly found in foodstuffs and toiletries for an athlete to return an adverse analytical finding.

Other more technical changes are detailed throughout the List and athletes and support personnel are encouraged to make themselves familiar with these ahead of its implementation on 1 January 2012.

UK Anti-Doping will be contacting relevant stakeholders to ensure that appropriate communication of these changes is rolled out well in advance of 1 January 2012.

To view the 2012 Prohibited List changes, please click on the PDF link below:


2012 prohibited list changes