The 2021 Prohibited List entered into force on January 1

The Agency invites athletes and all other stakeholders to take note of the modifications made to the List

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) reminds athletes and all other stakeholders that its List of prohibited substances and methods 2021 (the List) enters into force today (on 1er January). The 2021 List, which has been redesigned to improve navigation and usability for athletes and their support staff, was approved by the WADA Executive Committee at its meeting of September 14-15, 2020 and published on September 30, 2020

The List is one of eight International Standards them signatories du World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) must respect. It details the substances and methods prohibited in and out of competition, as well as substances prohibited in certain sports.

“WADA asks athletes, their entourage and all other stakeholders to read the List carefully and to take particular note of the changes made this year to avoid the inadvertent use of substances and methods prohibited in the competition. sport in 2021 ”, said WADA Director General Olivier Niggli.

The annual List review process is led by WADA. It begins with an initial meeting in January and ends with the publication of the List no later than 1er October. This is an important consultation exercise which includes information gathering by the WADA List Expert Group, the distribution of a preliminary list to the partners, the taking into account of their comments and the revision of the preliminary version, then its examination by the Agency's Health, Medicine and Research Committee.

This committee then makes its recommendations to the WADA Executive Committee, which approves the List at its meeting in September.

For a substance or method to be added to the List, it must meet at least two of the following three criteria:

  1. It has the potential to improve or actually improve athletic performance.
  2. It presents a proven or potential risk for the health of the athlete.
  3. It is contrary to sportsmanship.

Athletes who have a legitimate medical reason to use a prohibited substance or method appearing on the List may be granted a Therapeutic Use Authorization (TUE) if they meet the criteria set out in the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Authorizations (ISAUT). The TUE program is rigorous and an integral part of elite sport. It is very widely accepted by athletes, doctors and other stakeholders.

To view the changes made as part of the 2021 Prohibited List compared to the 2020 version, please consult the Summary of Changes and Explanatory Notes for 2021.

Languages ​​and formats

La 2021 Prohibited List,  Summary of Changes and Explanatory Notes for 2021And the 2021 Monitoring Program, can be downloaded in several languages on the WADA website.

Partners wishing to translate the list into other languages ​​are requested to indicate their interest at info@wada-ama.org. WADA will provide them with the necessary files and, once the translation is complete, it will be posted on the Agency's website.

The List in digital version for mobile devices is accessible here.

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