Anti-Doping 2018

The 2018 WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Prohibited List comes into effect on 1st January 2018.

A few products have been added to the list or taken off it, or added as specific examples for avoidance of doubt. Consult the full lists (links below) for details.

There are a few changes that  may affect people in their daily lives.

Use of salbutamol inhalers : the rule has been ‘clarified’ to state you can take no more that 1600 micrograms in any 24-hour period and no more than 800 in any 12-hour period. Which I think is pretty much what anyone would have concluded before. 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. If you suddenly find you need more on a race day, obviously look after your health in the first instance, and don’t race until you have a TUE.

Glycerol / “glycerin” / “glycerine”, used as a food additive and in medicines, soaps and other things, has been taken off the banned list.

Intravenous infusions and injections of over 50ml in a 6-hour period or 100ml in a 12-hour period are now prohibited at all times, except as part of a bona fide medical procedure (hospital treatment, surgery, or diagnosis).

The stimulant 1,3-Dimethybutylamine (DMBA), found in some dietary supplements, is now explicitly banned. (See below on supplements in general.)

‘Medical marijuana’ is becoming more popular these days but be careful. Most commercially available plant extract products will contain THC, which is on the banned list. Synthetic CBD oil ( “cannabidiol”) – oil produced chemically rather than derived from the plant – will normally not contain THC so is not prohibited.

Alcohol is now off the general banned list. Some sports (but not so far, I believe, athletics) will have separate rules about alcohol use. Still not recommended though!

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.

Nutritional supplements have in the past been a source of inadvertent doping. The area is a minefield, apart from the question of DMBA covered above, as it is very difficult to be sure of exactly what they contain, and you can be held responsible for anything that is found in your system. The general advice is to stick to proper foods and a healthy diet, and nutritional supplements should not be necessary. If you do use one, then basically it’s up to you to research it on the internet – the site contains plenty of information – and keep a record of the information you find (your internet browser will contain a ‘Save Page’ option so that you can take a copy of what you found on your own computer). UK Anti-Doping has 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 2017 (3 pages) are summarised here. The full 2018 WADA Prohibited List (10 pages) is here. An easy way to check particular medications is by using the website

To stay in touch with changes, you can follow the ‘Clean Sport Blog‘ on Twitter or by email – details on the right-hand-side of the ‘About Us’ page. And remember the “100% Me Clean Sport” mobile app, available on the Apple App Store, Google Play or the Windows Store – search for ‘Clean Sport’. Medicines and ingredients can quickly be looked up to see if they are banned. (Plus other useful stuff for those on out-of-competition testing programmes.)