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Australian Government: Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

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Rules and violations

WADA &
the Code

The World Anti-Doping Agency is responsible for the review and development of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

The Code in turn informs ASADA's anti-doping programs, including the National Anti-Doping scheme (NAD scheme).

The anti-doping rules in Australia comply with those set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the organisation that defines the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

There are eight ways in which an athlete or support person can breach the Code, or commit an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Watch a video on rule violations and results management [streaming FLV - 17.04 MB]

In Australia, ASADA’s role is to conduct the Results Management Process and to present information to the independent Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel about a potential violation of the Code.

The independent Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel is made up of experts in the areas of sports medicine, sports law, clinical pharmacology, ethics and investigations. They assess the information presented to them, including information provided by the athlete, and then decide on:

  • whether to enter an athlete’s details on to the Register of Findings (a formal record of decisions on anti-doping rule violations and associated matters)
  • whether to recommend a sanction to the sport.

The athlete is then given the opportunity to have a hearing before a sports tribunal. It is then up to the individual sport to sanction the athlete or support person.