UKAD uses intelligence to develop increasingly sophisticated techniques to tackle doping in sport.
We form an in-depth knowledge of anti-doping activities through the management of information from a wide-range of sources.
UKAD business functions include an Intelligence and Investigations Team, who adopt the principles of the National Intelligence Model (NIM). NIM is a business model used by law enforcement agencies, and increasingly by other intelligence-focused partners, to ensure the effective and efficient collection, recording, analysis, dissemination and retention of information. This enables UKAD to prioritise issues in doping and allocate the resources to deal with them accordingly.
Information coming into UKAD is submitted to the NIM process and cross-referenced with existing data. It may be subject to further research and analysis, before being used internally or disseminated to relevant parties such as government agencies and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs).
UKAD provides detailed instructions and guidance for handling information shared with other organisations, and all data held complies with the Data Protection Act (1998).
Types of information gathered
In order to tackle the broader threats of supply and trafficking of prohibited substances, the Intelligence and Investigations Team gathers information such as:
- the use or possession of prohibited substances by athletes or athlete support personnel
- sales and purchasers of prohibited substances
- transport routes identified for imported prohibited substances
- distribution networks for prohibited substances
- information regarding the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation
Working in partnership
The focus on information sharing, as a way to tackle doping, reflects an international move towards more intelligence-led methods of detection. To have an effective intelligence-led anti-doping programme, UKAD has built relationships and works closely with:
- the sports community
- the general public
- pharmaceutical companies and health regulators
- law enforcement partners, such as the National Crime Agency (NCA), UK Border Force (UKBF) and other police partners
- other National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) and WADA
A key focus of our intelligence work is to promote and engage in inter-agency information sharing about doping in sport. We also manage in partnership with Crimestoppers, Report Doping in Sport - a 24-hour confidential phone line for anyone to report information or suspicions about doping in sport.
The 2015 World Anti-Doping Code states that every anti-doping organisation must have the resources to obtain, assess and handle anti-doping intelligence and information. UKAD has the capability to deal with intelligence and actively conducts investigations into suspected doping violations.