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New World Anti-Doping Code published

Date: November 28, 2019


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and International Standards (Standards).

The Code and Standards were approved at the conclusion of WADA’s fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport on 7 November 2019.

The 2021 Code and Standards are set to come into force on 1 January 2021.

The Code provides a framework for anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations for sport organisations and public authorities.

View the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code

The Agency is also pleased to publish the Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act (previously known as the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights), which was also approved by WADA’s ExCo on 7 November.

The Act, which was developed by WADA’s Athlete Committee in consultation with thousands of athletes and stakeholders worldwide, is based on the 2021 Code and Standards and aims to ensure that athlete rights within anti-doping are clearly set out, accessible, and universally applicable.

The approved versions of the Code, Standards and Act will now be translated into French and branded; following which, the final versions will be published on WADA’s website in early 2020.

2021 Code Review Process

In December 2017, WADA initiated a 2021 Code Review Process, which consisted of three distinct consultation phases for the Code; two for the related Standards and one for the Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act. During this time, stakeholders had multiple opportunities to contribute and make recommendations on how to further strengthen the global anti-doping program.

Following the review process, stakeholders were invited to intervene publicly on the proposed Code and Standards during the World Conference – an opportunity which was taken up by over 70 stakeholder organizations – before the Code and the full suite of Standards were approved by the Board and ExCo respectively.

The International Standards can be found by clicking on the following links:

International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS)
International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI)
International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI)
International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE)
International Standard for Education (ISE) (New)
International Standard for Results Management (ISRM) (New)

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