FAQs

TUEs

WHAT HAPPENS IF A TREATMENT INVOLVES PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES/METHODS AND YOU DO NOT HAVE A TUE?

The use or attempted use, possession, administration or attempted administration of a prohibited substance or method on WADA’s Prohibited List, before or without TUE approval, will most likely result in an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

For more general information about TUEs please visit the WADA TUEs section.

For any request, clarification or doubt please contact tue@ita.sport.

CAN I GET A RETROACTIVE TUE?

An athlete may only apply retroactively for a TUE to WBSC if one of any of the following exceptions applies:

WHAT HAPPENS AT MAJOR EVENTS?

A Major Event Organization (MEO) requires athletes to apply for the recognition of their TUE if they wish to use a prohibited substance or method in connection with the event. If you have a TUE granted by WBSC and you will be competing at a major event, e.g. the Olympic Games, you should contact the MEO for information on their recognition process. Here you can find further details about the TUE process at the Olympic Games.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE A DECISION ON MY TUE APPLICATION OR REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION?

ITA TUEC must render a decision as soon as possible and usually within 21 days from the date of receipt of the complete TUE application or request for recognition.

WHAT IF I NEED TO RENEW MY TUE?

Each TUE has a specific duration, at the end of which it expires automatically. Should you need to continue to use the prohibited substance or method, it is your responsibility to submit a new application for a TUE with updated medical information ahead of the expiry date, so that there is sufficient time for a decision to be made prior to the expiry of the current TUE.

Important note:

The presence (following sample collection), use, possession or administration of the prohibited substance or method must be consistent with the terms of your TUE. Therefore, if you require a materially different dosage, frequency, route or duration of administration, you should contact ITA to tue@ita.sport as you may be required to apply for a new TUE.

WHAT IF MY WBSC TUE APPLICATION IS DENIED?

A decision to deny a TUE application will include a written explanation of the reason(s) for the denial. If it is not clear to you, please contact TUE to tue@ita.sport to understand exactly why the TUE was denied. Sometimes, there may be a critical piece of information, diagnostic test, laboratory results missing, etc. In which case, you should re-apply to us.

You and/or your NADO may refer the matter to WADA for review no later than 21 days after notification of the ITA TUEC decision. You should send the same information that you submitted to us and on which the decision to deny the TUE was based on, via a secure on-line method or by registered mail at:

WADA Medical Department
World Anti-Doping Agency
Stock Exchange Tower
800 Place Victoria (Suite 1700)
P.O. Box 120
Montreal (Quebec) H4Z 1B7
Canada

The email address to enquire and/or send the request for review is medical@wada-ama.org.

It should be noted that WADA is not obliged to proceed with a request for a review. In that case, you and/or your NADO may appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

WHAT IF MY NADO’S TUE IS NOT RECOGNISED BY ITA COMMITTEE?

You and/or your NADO have 21 days from the date of decision to refer the matter to WADA for review. The email address to enquire and/or send the request for review is: medical@wada-ama.org. Alternatively, you may send a registered email to the same address above mentioned (Stock Exchange Tower, Montreal...).

The same information that was provided to your NADO should be submitted to WADA. Please use a secure on-line method unless sending by registered mail.

Pending WADA’s decision, your NADO TUE remains valid for national-level competition and out-of-competition testing only. If the matter is not referred to WADA for review, your NADO must determine whether the original TUE that was granted should remain valid for national-level competition and out-of-competition testing.

WILL MY MEDICAL INFORMATION BE TREATED IN A CONFIDENTIAL MANNER?

All the information contained in a TUE application, including the supporting medical information and any other information related to the evaluation of your TUE request, is kept strictly confidential and treated in accordance with the athlete’s declaration contained in the ADAMS TUE process. All members of the TUEC and any other authorised recipients of your TUE request and related information (as described in the athlete’s declaration) are subject to a professional or contractual confidentiality obligation.

Please review the terms of the athlete’s declaration carefully. In particular, note that should you wish to revoke the right of the ITA’s TUEC to obtain the information related to your TUE in accordance with the athlete’s declaration, your TUE application will be deemed withdrawn without approval or recognition being granted.

Your TUE request-related information will be retained by ITA and WBSC and any other authorised recipients for no longer than necessary for the purposes stated in the athlete’s declaration, in accordance with the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.