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    The World Anti-Doping Code 

    The World Anti-Doping Code (Code) was first adopted in 2004 and is the document that harmonises regulations regarding anti-doping across all sports and all countries. 

    The Code was never designed to be a document that stood still. As anti-doping developed, so would the ideas that would form future rules, regulations and policies.

    An updated version of the Code is released every 7 years. The review of the Code is a fully collaborative process involving the whole anti-doping community, all of whom seek to strengthen the Code for the benefit of athletes around the world. The latest version was released by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2021 following several years of consultation.

    The 2021 World Anti-Doping Code came into effect on 1 January 2021. 

    Adopting the Code in Australia

    We work with Australian sports to update their Anti-Doping policies in the lead up to a new Code coming into effect.

    For athletes and others involved in sport, it is important to understand the changes and how they affect you. 


    Summary of 2021 Code changes

    See the summary of the main changes that have come in with the 2021 Code.

    Summary of changes poster [PDF]

    For further information on the changes read on using the following drop-down headings.


    Athlete Support Personnel and Other Persons responsibilities

    The World Anti-Doping Code 2021 lists specific roles and responsibilities for Athlete Support Personnel and Other Persons subject to the Code.

    It is important for Athlete Support Personnel and Other Persons to know their responsibilities under the Code as any failure to adhere to and/or breach of these could result in a sanction.