The Prohibited List

The Prohibited List identifies the substances and methods that aren’t permissible in and out of competition.

It is usually updated at the start of every calendar year but amendments might also be made throughout the year. The latest version came into effect on 1st January 2021, which can be found here.

UK Anti-Doping have also provided some useful guidance on the Prohibited List for you to view and any major changes can be seen here.

It lets athletes know whether products are prohibited always or in competition only. All athletes must make sure that they understand what is meant by the ‘In-Competition Period’.

Code Changes for 2021 and beyond

  •  A ban from sport can be extended by an additional two years in certain circumstances.
  • An 11th new Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADVR) has been added to prevent threatening, intimidation or retaliation against anyone sharing information about doping and could result in a lifetime ban from sport.
  • A new ‘Athlete Anti-Doping Rights Act’ was created so athletes’ rights are clearly accessible and understood by them and those who work alongside them.

Read a summary of UKAD’s major changes in an infographic.

Strict Liability

In summary ‘Your Body, your Responsibility’.

Athletes are solely responsible for any banned substance used, or attempted use or that is found in the athlete’s body, regardless of how it got there or whether there was an intention to cheat or not.

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