2022 Prohibited List released

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the:

2022 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods [PDF 2.6MB]

2022 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes [PDF 117KB]

2022 Monitoring Program [PDF 93KB]

The new list comes into force on 1 January 2022.

What is the Prohibited List?

The List sets out what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition and which substances are banned in particular sports.

The List applies to all athletes in all sports that are signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code.

How does WADA come up with the List?

For a substance or method to be added to the List, it must be determined that it meets 2 of the following 3 criteria:

  1. It has the potential to enhance or enhances sport performance
  2. It represents an actual or potential health risk to the athletes
  3. It violates the spirit of sport.

Every year, WADA reviews the existing List in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, coordinated by WADA’s Prohibited List Expert Group.

Collectively, experts review sources such as scientific and medical research, trends, and intelligence gathered from law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies, to determine whether anything should be added, removed or modified.

The List is released 3 months ahead of it taking effect so that athletes and their support personnel can familiarise themselves with any changes.

What if I can’t find my substance on the list, does that mean it is ok to take?

Sport Integrity Australia maintains a website called Global DRO where athletes can check if a substance is prohibited or not. Athletes should use this website or the Sport Integrity app, before taking any medication or substance.

  • Global DRO will automatically update the listings on January 1 to reflect changes to the Prohibited List for 2022.
  • If there is any doubt as to the status of a substance or method, it is important that athletes or support personnel contact Sport Integrity Australia for advice.

Ultimately, athletes are responsible for the substances in their body and the methods on the List; and athlete support personnel are also liable for anti-doping rule violations if determined to be complicit.

For 2022 the major changes are:

Substances and methods prohibited at all times

  • BPC-157 is now listed as a prohibited substance. Athletes should be aware that BPC-157, which is a peptide marketed as a recovery substance and can be injected or taken in capsule form, is being illegally included in some wellness and anti-aging treatments and products.
  • Anabolic Agents: Tibolone is transferred from S1.2 to S1.1 and osilodrostat is added to S1.2 as a prohibited substance.
  • Peptide hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics: Various examples of growth hormone analogues are added to this category.
  • Beta-2 Agonists: The daily dosing time intervals for salbutamol have been reduced to 600 micrograms (6 puffs) over 8 hours starting from any dose (previously 800 micrograms over 12 hours).

Substances and Methods Prohibited In-Competition

What if I need to take a prohibited substance for medical reasons?

Athletes who have a legitimate medical reason for using a prohibited substance or method that is on the List, they may be accommodated if they meet the criteria outlined in the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE)

  • The TUE process has overwhelming acceptance from athletes, physicians and anti-doping stakeholders worldwide.

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