Australia has become the latest country to join the Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) network, in an effort to provide more athletes than ever before with the opportunity to benefit from easily accessible and accurate information about the status of their medications.
With the addition of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to the Global DRO family, Australian athletes will now be able to check easily the status of specific substances purchased in their home country. The benefits of the new partnership also extends to athletes and support personnel from the UK, USA, Canada, or Japan who can now check the status of any medication purchased in Australia, as well as being able to access a list of the top searches conducted.
Global DRO – which is available both online and via any mobile device – is offered through a partnership between the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and Anti-Doping Switzerland (ADCH) to provide athletes with a resource by which to check the prohibited or permitted status of licensed medication in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List. The Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) became a licensee in 2013, expanding the Global DRO network further. Speaking to the immense popularity of the resource, since 2009, there have been 2.5 million inquiries between the three initial partner countries, with 654,000 searches conducted in 2015 alone.
Athletes are advised to check on Global DRO before taking any medication by simply typing the name of the product into the search engine, where they will receive information on whether the substance is prohibited or permitted, both in and out of competition in their sport.
UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead said:
“Global DRO is a valuable tool for athletes and their support personnel to check medication. The addition of Australia allows UK athletes to instantly check medications purchased when competing in Australia, as well as Australian athletes in their home country.
"The expansion of Global DRO shows how National Anti-Doping Organisations can work together and support our clean athletes.”
ASADA CEO Ben McDevitt said:
“All athletes are solely responsible for all substances that enter their body, so it is important that they have easy access to the most advanced and up-to-date information on every medication sold in Australia.
“The collaboration between so many esteemed anti-doping agencies to develop and expand this tool is proof that the fight against doping is a global one. That athletes can not only check substances purchased at home, but also those in Canada, the US, the UK and Japan will be invaluable for elite athletes that train and compete on the international stage.
“I am very pleased that Australia could be a part of this international resource.”
Further information is available on the Checking Medications and Substances page.