Prohibited Substances and Methods

The Prohibited List is updated annually by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and identifies those substances and methods which are banned, primarily because of their potential to enhance performance in sport or their masking potential in combination with health risks.

To update yourself about the news in the present Prohibited List compared to last years, here is an Explanatory Note.

Check your medications

Many medications available for common medical conditions may contain prohibited substances. You need to be aware that these are readily available, prescribed by your doctor or bought over the counter in a pharmacy.

To avoid doping by mistake, always check every single substance or medication before you use it – even if you have used it before:

  • Consult your sports doctor; or
  • Consult your National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO); or
  • Check your medication/treatment yourself against the Prohibited List. However, since this is quite complicated without pharmacological knowledge, ICSF strongly advise athletes to seek professional assistance.

Therapeutic Use Exemption

If you need to use a prohibited substance or method for medical reasons, you are advised to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

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