Anti-Doping Switzerland (ADCH) has joined a network of National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) empowering athletes to easily determine if a licensed medication contains a banned substance by launching Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) in Switzerland.
ADCH will expand the international reach of the Global DRO network, providing additional anti-doping expertise and helping to facilitate upgrades to the entire platform in 2017.
Currently, athletes and support personnel can search for information about medications purchased in Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. ADCH’s launch of its Global DRO resource means that Swiss athletes, as well as their counterparts from around the world, including British athletes, can now quickly check the prohibited status of medications purchased in Switzerland.
Global DRO is maintained through a partnership between ADCH, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), with the Japanese Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) official Global DRO licensees.
UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead, said: “With so many athletes travelling around the world for competitions and training, it is vital that they are able to check the prohibited status of medications on the move, to ensure that they are buying products which are safe to use.
“We therefore welcome the news that ADCH has joined the Global DRO platform, allowing British athletes and their support staff to check medications bought in Switzerland whilst they are away.
“Global DRO is an important tool to allow athletes to check medication. With six NADOs signed up to Global DRO it shows how international partners can work together to support athletes compete clean and win clean.”
Matthias Kamber, Director General, ADCH said: “We are proud to be part of this powerful service and look forward to contributing to the ease of use, as well as the global use, of Global DRO.”
Further information is available on the Checking Medications and Substances page.