Blog: 2015 Prohibited List released

10 October 2014

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the 2015 Prohibited List (the List), which will come into effect on 1 January 2015.

As an athlete it is important you are aware of the changes to the List to help protect your health, career and the integrity of your sport.

The List is the international standard that identifies which substances and methods are prohibited in-competition, out-of-competition, as well as in some cases, by a specific sport.

The change of most interest to many athletes is to pseudoephedrine, a substance commonly used to treat nasal and sinus congestion. WADA has removed pseudoephedrine from the 2014 Monitoring Program and added it to the 2015 Prohibited List. For athletes this means pseudoephedrine concentrations found in urine above 150 microgram per millilitre are prohibited in–competition in all sports.

Medications that contain pseudoephedrine like Sudafed, Codral, etc. must be ceased 24 hours prior to competition.

Other changes for 2015 seek to provide greater clarity to the List, with the majority of amendments being of a technical nature, including re-categorising and improving the terminology of existing substances and methods.

WADA also has a monitoring program that focuses on substances that are not on the List, but which it wishes to monitor in order to detect patterns of misuse in sport. WADA has added Telmisartan and Mildronate to its monitoring program this year. The full list of substances included in the 2015 Monitoring Program is available on the WADA website.

Further information is available on WADA’s website along with a summary of major modifications and details on the 2015 Monitoring Program.

While changes to the 2015 List are relatively minor, it is important to check with ASADA on the status of the substance and medications you intend to take.

The Check your substances online tool will be updated to reflect the 2015 changes on 19 December 2014.  

For further information about anti-doping in Australia visit the ASADA website or call 13 000 ASADA (27232).