Government launches National Anti-Doping Policy consultation

The government has launched a consultation on the National Anti-Doping Policy, which will be open for the next six weeks, giving stakeholders and the wider public an opportunity to contribute to the Policy revision.

The first National Anti-Doping Policy (‘Policy’) was published in 2009 to coincide with the creation of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). It seeks to satisfy the requirements of the UNESCO Convention against Doping in Sport and recognises the global framework of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) through them harmonisation of anti-doping rules set out in the World Anti-Doping Code.

The Policy sets out the roles and responsibilities for UKAD, Sports Councils, Governing Bodies of sport and the National Anti-Doping Panel.

UKAD Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, said: “UKAD’s remit is to protect clean sport on behalf of competing athletes and the sports they represent, but also on behalf of the public who not only support but also help fund sport.

“It is therefore vital that the National Anti-Doping Policy is representative of all our stakeholders’ opinions and this consultation is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to contribute to the revision of the National Anti-Doping Policy.”

A recommendation from the Tailored Review of UKAD, published in January 2018, tasked Government with revising the Policy and this consultation forms part of that revision. It will seek views on the effectiveness of the current Policy as well as canvass opinion on wider areas.

The outcomes from this consultation will assist in driving the Policy revision to protect the integrity of sport and ensure that sport in the UK, for participants and fans, continues to be conducted on a level playing field.

Sports organisations and governing bodies, athletes, sports stakeholders and members of the public are invited to submit their views over the next six weeks to help shape the next version of the Policy.

This consultation will close at 12:00 on Monday 25 November 2019.

You can access the consultation here.