Documents & Regulations

WADA, during its constant work of updating, released a new World Anti-Doping CODE that came in force from 1 January 2021; it is the core document that provides the framework for harmonised anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities.

It works in conjunction with 8 International Standards aimed at bringing harmonisation among anti-doping organisations in various areas.


WADA also put in evidence and included in its website all the changes made compared to the old Code (2015). However, on the Anti-Doping eLearning platform (ADEL) you will find all the information related to the Anti-Doping Code.


WADA International Standard for the Protection of Privacy Personal Information Guidelines
The main purpose of the ISPPPI guidelines is to support the ADOs in the implementation of the privacy programmes. Additional objectives are to improve athlete’s trust by guaranteeing that personal information is protected and handled attentively at each step of the anti-doping test procedures.

The Code Implementation Support Programme (CISP) provides additional resources to support the implementation of the ISPPPI.

The guidelines are accompanied by a suite of operational templates in excel format to help ADOs implement key ISPPPI requirements, namely a Record of Processing, a Risk Assessment Matrix, a Security Breach Reporting Form, a Security Breach Log, and an ADO Disclosure Request Form.

You can find them on the ADEL Platform - CISP resources.

WADA International Standard for TUEs Guidelines
The main aim of the ISTUE guidelines is to explain simply how to apply for a TUE. This is especially important when the athletes need to take some medications included in the Prohibited List due to an illness or a medical condition.

WADA International Standard for Result Management Guidelines
The purpose of the ISRM guidelines is to support ADOs in the comprehension of the International Standard for Result Management.

WADA laboratory technical letters and documents
The technical letters are official WADA documents which dispense useful information about the analysis, interpretation and reporting of results for particular prohibited substances/methods to the WADA-accredited laboratories.

Instead, the purpose of the technical documents is to raise awareness on specific technical or procedural issues to the WADA-accredited laboratories.

Both documents are updated periodically, in the light of the technological and scientific progresses in the anti-doping test procedures.

They are in line with the Code and the ISL and here you can find the summary of modifications compared to the previous technical letters and the summary of modifications regarding the technical documents.

WADA International Standard for Laboratories Guidelines
The ISL guidelines contain useful information in the implementation of the related International Standard and are addressed specifically to the WADA-accredited laboratories and WADA-approved laboratories for the athlete biological passport.

You can find them below:

WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations Guidelines
The ISTI guidelines for sample collection personnel and the ISTI guidelines for sample collection assist the ADOs in the implementation of the International Standard for Testing and Investigation (ISTI).

They dispense information on how to optimise the sample collection process, from the training and accreditation of DCOs, BCOs and Chaperones, to the explanation of the process itself.


WBSC, in compliance with such updates, approved the new WBSC Anti-Doping Rules that came in force also from 1 January 2021. You can also find here all the changes and some highlights only applied to the previous version.


WBSC cooperates with WADA and with ITA (International Testing Agency) and issues its anti-doping Procedures that you can find at this link.


Athlete’s Anti-Doping Rights Act is a manual where all the rights of athletes regarding anti-doping are included.

In particular, athletes have the right:

Act won’t change the Code.

Athletes should have the right to:


"Every athlete has the right to clean sport!”
Any athlete may be tested in- and out-of-competition, anytime, anywhere and with no advance notice.

The principle of strict liability applies in anti-doping – if it is in the athlete’s body, the athlete is responsible for it.

Athletes’ responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Note: during doping control, the athlete must remain within direct observation of the Doping Control Officer (DCO) or chaperone at all times from when the initial contact is made until the completion of the sample collection procedure. The athlete must also produce identification upon request.


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