WADA releases 2020 list of prohibited substances

‘This is a very comprehensive process which aims to ensure that new substances and methods with doping potential’ 01 Oct 2019
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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released the 2020 list of Prohibited Substances yesterday after it was approved by WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo).

It also included the Methods (List), the 2020 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes along with the 2020 Monitoring Program. The List comes into force on 1 January, 2020.

The List, which is one of six International Standards that are mandatory for all Signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition, and which substances are banned in particular sports.

WADA Director General Olivier Niggli speaking on the modifications said: “WADA is pleased to announce the publication of the 2020 Prohibited List.

Updated annually, the List undergoes an extensive consultation period with a wide array of anti-doping stakeholders from around the globe.

“This is a very comprehensive process which aims to ensure that new substances and methods with doping potential – which are either currently on the market or in some cases still in clinical development – are included in the List. This helps us to protect not only the integrity of sport, but the health of athletes worldwide.”

The List is released three months ahead of it taking effect so that athletes and their entourage can acquaint themselves with any modifications.

Ultimately, athletes are responsible for prohibited substances found in their body and prohibited methods found to have been used. Athlete entourage are also liable for Anti-Doping Rule Violations if determined to be complicit.

Consequently, if there is any doubt as to the status of a substance or method, it is important that they contact their respective Anti-Doping Organization (International Federation or National Anti-Doping Organization) for advice.

The List’s annual revision process is led by WADA, beginning with an initial meeting in January and concluding with the publication of the List by 1 October.

The list of prohibited substances is available on WADA's website, as well as the summary of Major modifications and explanatory notes.