Prohibited Substances and Methods

  • Athletes, like people in general, may have illnesses or conditions that require them to use medications or undergo procedures. If the medication or method an athlete requires to treat an illness or condition is covered by the Prohibited List, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) will give that athlete the authorization to use, the needed but otherwise prohibited, medicine or method.

    Criteria for granting a TUE

    An athlete may be granted a TUE if he/she can show that each of the following conditions are met:

    • The athlete has a clear diagnosed medical condition which requires treatment using a prohibited substance or method.
    • The therapeutic use of the substance would not produce significant enhancement of performance beyond the athlete’s normal state of health.
    • There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative to the use of the prohibited substance or method.
    • The necessity to use that substance or method is not a consequence of the prior use (without a TUE), of a substance or method which was prohibited at the time of use.

    TUE procedures

    1. First, check if the required medication or method you intend to use appears on the Prohibited List.
    2. As an athlete, you have the responsibility to inform your doctors that you are an athlete subject to doping rules, and your doctors should check the Prohibited List whenever they prescribe a medication/method to you. If the substance/method is prohibited, check with your doctors if there are any alternative treatments that are not prohibited. If not, you may need to apply for a TUE.
    3. Athletes at any level should normally apply to his/her National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) or Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO). You will find more information on the relevant organization’s website. ICSF will automatically recognize all TUEs approved by a NADO/RADO in accordance with the ISTUE.
    4. If you are an International-Level-Athlete and time does not allow you to apply nationally or regionally due to an upcoming international event, you must apply directly to the ICSF, using its specific TUE application form.
    5. Whether or not if you apply to your NADO/RADO or ICSF, you should always apply as soon as possible. For substances prohibited In-Competition only, you should apply at least 30 days before your next competition if possible.
    6. To assist you and your doctor in providing the correct medical documentation, we suggest consulting the “WADA’s Checklist for TUE applications” and the “Medical Information to Support the Decisions of TUECs”, posted on WADA’s website for guidance and support.
    7. Incomplete applications will be returned for completion and re-resubmission.
    8. Your application will be assessed by the NADO/RADO or ICSF TUE Committee (TUEC), which will decide whether to grant the application or not as soon as possible, and usually (i.e., unless exceptional circumstances apply) within 21 days of receipt of a complete application. Where a TUE application is made a reasonable time prior to an event, the TUEC will use its best endeavors to issue its decision before the start of the event.
    9. Remember to always keep a copy of your full TUE application form and all medical information submitted in support of your application and proof that it has been sent.

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