On 29th September 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA published the 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. The List comes into force on 1st January 2018.
The List, which is one of five International Standards that are mandatory for all Signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code, designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition; and, which substances are banned in particular sports.
For a substance or method to be added to the List, it must be determined that it meets two of the following three criteria: 1. it has the potential to enhance or enhances sport performance; 2. it represents an actual or potential health risk to the athletes; or, 3. it violates the spirit of sport.
It should be noted that, for athletes who have a legitimate medical reason for using a prohibited substance or method that is on the List, they may be accommodated if they meet the criteria outlined in the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE).
To view the changes made in the 2018 Prohibited List as compared to the 2017 version, please see the 2018 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes.
Athletes, be they International; Club; Military or Civilian, should be aware that it is entirely their own responsibility to adhere to the current and future WADA Code. “Ignorance is no excuse”.
For further clarification please contact the BBU Anti Doping Officer, Terry Hall: