Anti-Doping 2017


The 2017 WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Prohibited List comes into effect on 1st January 2017.

The change most likely to affect people, is that from 2017 the way salbutamol / ventolin inhalers can be used is changing. You are now only allowed 800 micrograms in a 12-hour period, which is just four or eight puffs depending on the dosage of the inhaler. If you have an inhaler, check it to be sure how much you can take. If you regularly need more, you need to be sure you have a Therapeutic Use Exemption before your first race in 2017. If you find you need more on a race day, obviously look after your health in the first instance, and Step. Away. From. The Start Line.

If you have more complex medical needs, do check out the documents and make sure you are on the right side of the line – get a Therapeutic Use Exemption certificate if you need one.

Also be aware that nutritional supplements have in the past been a source of inadvertent doping. In December 2016 UKAthletics issued advice on the use of supplements and asked for all athletes and coaches to read it – here.

For more information check out the ‘Clean Sport Blog‘, which includes information on how to get TUEs and how to interpret the lists. WADA’s list of changes since 2016 (2 pages) are summarised here. The full 2017 WADA Prohibited List (9 pages) is here. An easy way to check medications is by using the website

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