Protecting the Right to Enjoy Doping-Free Sport

International Anti-Doping Landscape

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is an active participant in the global fight against doping and recognises the need to take an international approach.

This section outlines the core organisations and committees that lead the drive for greater harmonisation and doping standards worldwide.

UKAD has developed strong working relationships with each group, providing expertise and input across a range of fields to help contribute towards improved anti-doping practice.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

WADA leads a collaborative worldwide campaign for doping-free sport and is an international independent organisation. WADA was created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms at the international level. WADA is composed and funded equally by the Olympic movement and governments worldwide.

Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring the World Anti-Doping Code ('the Code’).

UKAD is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the Code through implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

As the only United Nations agency with a sport mandate, UNESCO’s role is to develop a comprehensive global anti-doping framework, which helps harmonise anti-doping rules and policies worldwide in support of the World Anti-Doping Code.

To achieve this, UNESCO established the International Convention against Doping in Sport in 2005, which the UK is a party to. The UK has implemented its responsibilities under the Convention by way of the National Anti-Doping Policy.

Convention signatories meet every two years at an international conference. This conference provides an opportunity for discussion and debate on public policies in the fight against doping. The conference also determines the allocation of UNESCO funding to signatories recognised as requiring assistance to develop and implement effective anti-doping programmes.

More information about UNESCO.


Ad Hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA)

As the only pan-European WADA forum, CAHAMA’s processes allow every European country access to information related to the governance of WADA, and to play a role in the decision-making processes of WADA.

CAHAMA is made up exclusively of state parties to the European Cultural Convention. The Committee provide recommendations to WADA throughout the drafting stages of the Code review.

UKAD Chief Executive Andy Parkinson was re-elected CAHAMA Chair in May 2014. State parties meet on a bi-annual basis, immediately before or after the meetings of the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention.

More information on CAHAMA.


Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO)

iNADO is the international group for National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) and for Regional Anti-Doping Organisations (RADOs).

Since forming in 2011, iNADO has worked to ensure that a clear and consistent message on anti-doping policy and practice is communicated to national and international sporting and government bodies.

Furthermore, iNADO works with NADOs – especially those requiring additional support – to enhance their programmes and incorporate best practice.

More information on iNADO.


International Anti-Doping Arrangement (IADA)

IADA is an intergovernmental alliance between ten nations, including the UK, which works closely with NADOs to co-operatively pursue and promote anti-doping in sport.

The group meets annually to share experiences and gain a global perspective on international anti-doping practices. This helps enhance the expertise and knowledge throughout the network of actors present within the anti-doping community, and work towards a best practice doping control framework.


Council of Europe Monitoring Group

The Monitoring Group's main mission is to monitor the implementation of the Anti-Doping Convention. This establishes the minimum level of anti-doping standards required by signatory nations.

The Convention works with countries that require additional help to become compliment, through extensive monitoring, visits, and the development of an assistance plan.

UKAD represents Government at the biannual meeting of Member States in Strasbourg.

More information on the Council of Europe Monitoring Group.