Blog: What you need to know about the 2014 Prohibited List

27 September 2013

The World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List (‘the List’) comes into effect on 1 January every year.

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.

Most changes for 2014 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.

Although there are only minor changes to the 2014 List, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you to check with ASADA on the status of the substances and medications you intend to use. Keep in mind that some substances are included on the List by their specific name but others are captured by descriptors such as “other substances with similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s)”, so it is vitally important that you always check.

ASADA’s telephone advice service (13 000 ASADA (27232)) and ‘Check your substances’ online tool available at helps Australian athletes, doctors, coaches and support personnel to anonymously and immediately find out the status of their medications, substances and methods in sport.

Through the online tool and telephone advice service, ASADA provides athletes and support personnel with a reference number to document when they are advised that a substance or product is permitted in sport.

The Check Your Substances tool will be updated to reflect the 2014 changes on 20 December 2013.

The full List, and a summary of all modifications are available on the WADA website –