What is WADA?
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms.
WADA, which is composed and funded equally by the sports movement and governments of the world, coordinated the development, and subsequent evolution, of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).
What is the World Anti-Doping Code?
The Code is the document that harmonizes regulations regarding anti-doping across all sports and all countries of the world. It provides the framework for anti-doping programs and activities for sport organizations and public authorities so that all athletes have the benefit of the same anti-doping policies and procedures, no matter the sport, the nationality or the country where tested.
How was the Code developed?
The Code was developed through an extensive consultation process among all stakeholders, including athletes, sports organizations, anti-doping organizations, laboratories, governments and many others. The Code was unanimously adopted by the Second World Conference on Doping in Sport in 2003, came into effect on January 1, 2004, and was fully implemented by Olympic Sport Federations in time for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. Revisions to the Code, following an 18-month consultation with stakeholders, were unanimously adopted by the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport in 2007, to be effective as of January 1, 2009.
What rules or procedures has the Code put in place?
The Code clarifies the responsibilities of stakeholders in the fight against doping and brings harmonization where rules or policies previously varied between different sports and countries. The Code operates in conjunction with five International Standards: List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (List); Testing; Therapeutic Use Exemptions; Laboratories; and Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.