Blog: 2016 Prohibited List released

1 October 2015

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the 2016 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (the List), which will come into effect on 1 January 2016.


It is important for athletes to be aware of the changes to the List to help protect their health, career and the integrity of their 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.


In releasing the List WADA President, Craig Reedie said, ‘WADA leads an extensive consultative process annually that results in the updated Prohibited List. Our Expert Group considers such sources as scientific and medical research; trends; and, intelligence gathered from law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies in order to stay ahead of those that wish to cheat.’


The 2016 List had a few modifications from last year and along with a Summary of Modifications is available on the WADA website. 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. The full list of substances included in the 2016 Monitoring Program is available on the WADA website.


While changes to the 2016 List are relatively minor, it is important for athletes to check with ASADA on the status of a substance or medication they intend to take. The Check Your Substances online tool will be updated to reflect the 2016 changes in December.


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