THE WADA PROHIBITED LIST
WADA PREPARES AND PUBLISHES the Prohibited List (List) each year following an extensive consultation process. The List identifies substances and methods prohibited at all times, in-competition only, and in particular sports.
How does a substance or method get placed on the Prohibited List?
A substance or method is included on the List if it meets at least two of the following three criteria:
• It enhances, or has the potential to enhance, sport performance.
• It represents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete.
• It violates the spirit of sport.
There are several resources to help athletes determine the prohibited status of their medications. One of the fastest ways to search is by using Global Drug Reference Online (GlobalDRO.com), which provides easily accessible and accurate information on the status of specific pharmaceutical products sold in Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Some over-the-counter medicinal products are also included in the database. Global DRO does not contain information on, or that applies to, dietary supplements. If an athlete can’t find their medication on Global DRO, they should contact BADC by calling or emailing to find out if the medication is prohibited in sport before choosing to use it.
WADA also monitors the use of the following substances, which are not currently on the List, in order to detect patterns of misuse in sport for possible consideration of inclusion on the List at a later date:
• Stimulants: In-Competition only: Bupropion, caffeine, nicotine, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, pipradrol and synephrine
• Narcotics: In-Competition only: Mitragynine and tramadol
• Glucocorticoids: In-competition (by routes of administration other than oral, intravenous, intramuscular or rectal) and Out-of Competition (all routes of administration)
• Telmisartan: In and Out-of-Competition
As defined in the Code, the spirit of sport is the essence of Olympism; it is the celebration of the human spirit, body, and mind. It is characterized by ethics, fair play, honesty, character, joy, teamwork, dedication, respect for rules and one’s self, and other similar values.