Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

Athletes may at times need to use a prohibited medication to treat a legitimate medical condition.

A TUE is an exemption that allows an athlete to use, for therapeutic purposes only, an otherwise prohibited substance or method (of administering a substance) which may be present during competition.

TUEs are administered by the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee (ASDMAC). 

To apply for a TUE, visit the ASDMAC website:

TUE approval may protect athletes from receiving a sanction if a prohibited substance is found in their sample.

If an athlete’s doctor has a question regarding the status of a substance, they should check the substance on the ASADA website, or call 13 000 ASADA (13 000 27232), while the athlete is in their office.

An exemption is only granted provided that there is no unfair advantage given to the athlete by taking the substance or using the method.

Before applying for a TUE, athletes must check with their sporting organisation to see if TUEs are allowed under their sport’s anti-doping policy.


Under the World Anti-Doping Code's strict liability policy, the athlete is responsible for any substance found in their body regardless of how it got there. The athlete must check the status of any substance and method before using it.

Athletes must remember to tell their doctor that they are an athlete who is subject to doping control.