2027 Code and International Standards

Stakeholder consultation process

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The World Anti-Doping Code (Code) is the core document upon which the global anti-doping program in sport is based.

The Code harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organisations and among public authorities around the world. It works in conjunction with eight International Standards which aim to foster consistency among Anti-Doping Organisations in various areas.

The Code was first adopted in 2003 and took effect in 2004. It has undergone subsequent review processes by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which resulted in the 2009, 2015 and 2021 Codes and International Standards.

 

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    Update process for 2027

    In September 2023, WADA launched the 2027 World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards Update Process. This will be a two-year process and will involve several phases of stakeholder engagement and consultation.

    Access process timelines & key phases [PDF 130KB]

    Final versions of the Code and International Standards will be presented for consideration and approval at the sixth World Conference on Doping in Sport in November 2025.

    The 2027 Code and International Standards will then come into force on 1 January 2027. 

     

    WADA process launch webinar (video - 11 minutes)


     

    Stakeholder engagement

    The 2027 Code and International Standards Update Process provides stakeholders with the opportunity to identify areas requiring change.

    WADA is especially interested in feedback based on experiences of practical implementation, as it is essential the Code and International Standards are fit for purpose in the promotion of clean sport.

    Sport Integrity Australia will work with the sporting community to ensure all stakeholders are informed of the process and are offered the opportunity to provide feedback on key issues important to Australian sport.

     

    Response to the Concept Papers

    In the initial feedback phase, which closed 22 December 2023, stakeholders were invited to comment on specific areas selected by the WADA management and the Drafting Teams.

    To access the complete set of stakeholder responses submitted to WADA on each concept paper, click on the following link:
    https://www.wada-ama.org/en/news/wada-launches-first-drafting-phase-2027-world-anti-doping-code-and-international-standards

     

     

    Submitting feedback

    The initial Stakeholder Engagement Phase (December 2023) has concluded. We appreciate the feedback provided during the phase and thank everyone for their valuable contributions.

    We are now entering the subsequent series of phases, concluding April 2025. The next phase, the First Drafting Phase (January – April 2024), will see the different Drafting Teams reviewing and incorporating stakeholder feedback.

    The Stakeholder Consultation Phase will then commence May 2024 through to October 2024, allowing stakeholders to provide input on the initial drafts of the 2027 World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards.

    Involvement and feedback during the next phase will play a pivotal role in shaping the updated Code and International Standards. We look forward to stakeholder contributions to Sport Integrity Australia’s response and will reach out closer to May 2024.