The Prohibited List is a cornerstone of the World Anti-Doping Code and a key component of harmonization.
The List is updated annually following an extensive consultation process facilitated by WADA.
The 2012 List is valid from January 1 to December 31, 2012.
2012 Prohibited List (PDF)
- What is the Prohibited List?
- The Prohibited List (List) was first published in 1963 under the leadership of the International Olympic Committee. Since 2004, as mandated by the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), WADA is responsible for the preparation and publication of the List.
- The List is a cornerstone of the Code and a key component of harmonization.
- It is an International Standard identifying substances and methods prohibited in-competition, out-of-competition and in particular sports.
- Substances and methods are classified by categories (e.g., steroids, stimulants, gene doping).
- The use of any prohibited substance by an athlete for medical reasons is possible by virtue of a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
- How is the List updated?
- Guidelines for the annual review and consequent publication of the List are outlined in the Code.
- WADA’s role is one of facilitator of the consultation process.
- The agreed process for the annual consideration of the List includes three meetings (see timeline below) of WADA’s List Expert Group with a draft discussion List being published and circulated for consultation in June, following the second meeting.
- At its third meeting in September, the List Expert Group, following consideration of the submissions received from the consultation process, recommends the new List to the Health, Medical and Research Committee which in turn makes recommendations to WADA’s Executive Committee.
- The Executive Committee finalizes the List at its September meeting.
- The updated List is published by October 1 and comes into effect on January 1 the following year.
- What is the role of WADA’s List Expert Group?
- The List Expert Group is a panel of scientists chosen for their international expertise.
- It is a subgroup of WADA’s Health, Medical and Research Committee.
- The List Expert Group meets three times each year.
- The List Expert Group makes recommendations on the contents and revisions to the Prohibited List.
The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) mission is to lead a collaborative worldwide campaign for doping-free sport.