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).

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

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 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.

Do you need a TUE?

  1. Check the substance on the ASADA website to see if it is prohibited.
  2. If it is prohibited and you need to use the substance, you now need to work out if you need an in-advance or retroactive TUE.

NOTE: not all medications are eligible for a TUE and having a TUE will only guard against a possible ADRV if the medication is used as per the TUE.

Check if you are eligible for an in-advance TUE

Only certain, higher level athletes need to apply for a TUE in-advance. In-advance TUEs need to be applied for before taking the medication (except for emergency situations and hospital visits). Other athletes are able to apply for a planned retroactive TUE once they have been tested.

Check the list of sports and criteria below that shows which athletes need an in-advance TUE.

If your sport is listed below and you meet one or more of the criteria, you will need an in-advance TUE. 

If your sport is not listed below or you do not meet any of the criteria, you should prepare information for a planned retroactive TUE.

Sports eligible for in-advance TUEs
Sport Criteria
Archery Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad (recurve and compound only) - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the National Championships (open men/women - recurve and compound only)
Athletics Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Athletic Championships (senior)
Any athlete who competes at any Australian Athletics Tour Meet
Australian rules football Any player participating in the AFL, WAFL, NEAFL, VFL, SANFL, or QAFL
Badminton Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad including - athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian National Championships (senior)
Baseball Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any player competing in the Australian Baseball League
Basketball Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad including wheelchair basketball
Any player participating in the NBL or WNBL
Biathlon Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Championships (open men & women)
Bobsleigh/skeleton Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad -including athletes with a disability
Boxing Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Championships (Elite men and Elite Women)
Canoeing Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Slalom Championships, National Sprint Championships
Cricket Any player participating in the following events:
Big Bash League (mens and womens)
National One Day Series (mens and womens)
Sheffield Shield
Cycling Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad including athletes with a disability
Any athlete planning to compete at the Elite National Championships (Road, Track, Mountain Bike, BMX)
Any athlete planning to compete in the National Road Series
Diving Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Open Diving Championships
Equestrian Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad including athletes with a disability
Dressage / Jumping - Any athlete who competes at the relevant Australian Open Championships
Eventing - Any athlete competing at the Sydney CCI
Fencing Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Open National Championships
Figure skating Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Figure Skating Championships (elite men and women)
Football/soccer Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any player participating in the A-League Y-League or W-League
Golf Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any player selected to the Australian Olympic Team
Gymnastics Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Gymnastics Championships (open age)
Hockey Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any player participating in the Australian Hockey League
Ice racing Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Open Championships
Judo Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the National Championships (senior)
Lawn bowls Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Champion of Champions
Luge Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Modern pentathlon Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Netball Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any player contracted to an ANZ Championship team
Powerlifting Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Powerlifting Championships
Rowing Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Rowing Championships (senior)
Rugby league Any player contracted to or playing in the NRL or Holden Cup
Rugby union Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad
Any player contracted to a super rugby team
Any player particpating in the National Rugby Championships
Sailing Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Shooting Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes in the Australia Cup event series
Ski and snowboard Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Open Championships (Cross Country), National Mogul Championships, National Alpine Championships
Squash Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes at the Australian Open  
Surf lifesaving Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes in any open level event at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships
Swimming  Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes in the Australian Swimming Championship
Any athlete who competes in the Australian Short Course Championships
Any athlete who competes in the Australian Open Water Championships (Open age)
Synchronised swimming Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes in the Australian Synchronised Swimming Championships (open)
Table tennis Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes in the National Senior Championships
Taekwondo Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes in the Australian Championships
Tennis Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any player who participates in the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff
Triathlon Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes in an elite National Championships (Sprint, Standard, Long, Cross, Duathlon)
Any athlete with a professional licence from Triathlon Australia
Volleyball Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any player who participates in the Australian Volleyball League (Men's and Women's)
Water polo Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any player who participates in the National Water Polo League (Men's and Women's)
Weightlifting Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes in the Australian Senior Championships
Wrestling Any member of the Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool
Any member of a national open team/squad - including athletes with a disability
Any athlete who competes in the Australia Cup

Retroactive TUE

If your sport is not listed above or you do not meet any of the criteria, you should prepare information for a retroactive TUE.

Apply for an in-advance TUE

If your sport is listed above and you meet one or more of the criteria you will need to apply for an in-advance TUE. You can apply online or using a hard copy of the form at the bottom of this page.

Check the medical evidence to common TUE applications below to see what specific medical information you need to provide. If you need assistance with the TUE application, contact asdmac@asada.gov.au 

 

TUE application form