Blog: ASADA introduces an Athlete Biological Passport for Australian athletes

28 June 2012

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is introducing an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) into Australian sport from 1 July 2012.

The ABP is an electronic record of an athlete’s biological values that is developed over time from multiple collections of blood samples.

The ABP differs from traditional detection methods by looking for the effects of blood doping rather than detecting the prohibited substances or methods used. The advantage of this approach is the biological effects of a performance-enhancing agent are commonly present and detectable for a longer period than the agent itself.

The program will affect the way Australian athletes provide blood samples and new testing procedures will be implemented to accommodate the ABP.

The main differences to the current process will be:
• The ABP testing process will include a two-hour waiting period following training or competition.
• ASADA will be collecting information from athletes via a questionnaire, which will take about ten minutes to complete.

The questionnaire will also be used in ASADA’s traditional blood testing program, however, the two hour waiting period following training or competition will only apply to athletes tested under ABP conditions.

Full details of the testing process are available through ASADA’s revised Athlete Testing Guide, located on the ASADA website. Further information can also be found on ASADA’s:

• Website: http://www.asada.gov.au/ (includes Q&As)
• Twitter page: twitter.com/anti_doping
• Facebook page: facebook.com/pureperformance