Doping Free Ju-Jitsu

The JJIF Anti-Doping Rules are based on the World Anti-Doping Code and have been adapted to the sport of Ju-Jitsu.


o   JJIF Anti-Doping Rules (based on the 2015 Code)

[Letter of compliance with WADA regulations]

The World Anti-Doping Code is the core document that provides the framework for harmonised anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organisations and among public authorities. It works in conjunction with 5 International Standards.


o   The 2015 World Anti-Doping Code [EN] [FR]

o   The International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI)

o   International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)

o   The International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemption (ISTUE) [EN] [FR]

o   The International Standard for Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI)


The 2021 WADA CODE will come into force as from 1st January 2021. For more information, visit WADA’s website.

The Prohibited List identifies substances and methods prohibited in-competition, at all times (i.e. in-and-out-of-competition) and in particular sports.

Substances and methods are classified by categories (e.g. steroids, stimulants, masking agents).

The list is updated annually and goes into effect January 1 of each year.

The 2019 Prohibited List [EN]

The 2020 Prohibited List [EN] [FR] [ES] [DE] [PR] [AR]

Summary of the Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes [EN] [FR]

You can find the mobile-friendly version of the 2020 Prohibited List HERE.

Do you have more questions? See the WADA’s Prohibited List Q&A.


Each athlete is responsible – strictly liable – for anything found in his/her body, regardless of how it got there or whether there was any intention to cheat.

If you are charged with having committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, it is not necessary to prove intent, fault, negligence or knowing use on your part. For example, the following are not valid defences: that the prohibited substance was not listed on the label or that your coach gave you a substance.

See WADA's Q&A on Strict Liability in Anti-Doping



Be aware of the annual changes to the Prohibited List;

  • If you are using supplements, do your research to check if they contain prohibited substances;
  • Before taking any medication, make sure to check with your prescribing physician that it does not contain a prohibited substance;
  • Check that the medication does not contain any substances that would fall within a general category that is prohibited. An online database that can be used is  GlobalDRO

Inform your doctors and your medical personnel that you need to abide by the Anti-Doping Rules. If you use Prohibited Substances for therapeutic ends, make sue you obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) at the relevant time.

The Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) provides athletes and support personnel with information about the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

Global DRO does not contain information on, or that applies to, any dietary supplements.


Extreme caution is recommended regarding supplement use, including those claiming to be ‘safe for athletes to take’!

Athletes must be fully aware of the risks to their career when using a supplement product for they are solely responsible for any prohibited substances they use, attempt to use or is found in their system regardless of how it got there and if there was an intention to cheat.

See WADA's Q&A on Strict Liability in Anti-Doping

What Athletes should know:

  • There are no guarantees that any supplement product does not contain prohibited substances.
  • Neither WADA nor the IF is involved in any supplement certification process and therefore do not certify or endorse manufacturers or their products. WADA and the IF do not control the quality or the claims of the supplements industry.
  • A number of positive tests have been attributed to the misuse of supplements, poor labelling or contamination of dietary supplements.The use of dietary supplements by athletes is a concern because in many countries the manufacturing and labelling of supplements may not follow strict rules, which may lead to a supplement containing an undeclared substance that is prohibited under Anti-Doping regulations.
  • Taking a poorly labelled dietary supplement is not an adequate defence in a doping hearing.
  • Athletes must carry out thorough internet research before using any supplement. Not knowing is not an excuse! If they test positive, they will have to prove how the prohibited substance entered their system.

The JJIF Anti-Doping Rules makes provision for contaminated products. Athlete should ensure that they can prove that they have taken all steps to manage the risks associated with the use of supplement.


Clenbuterol is a Prohibited Substance and is listed as an anabolic agent in the Prohibited List. It promotes muscle growth and has sometimes been used by athletes to enhance their performance and to increase muscle mass.

In some countries, Clenbuterol, being a growth promoting substance, is administered to animals (e.g. beef, cattle, lamb, pork, poultry) which are used in the production of meat. Whilst in some countries, such as the U.S and in Europe, the use of Clenbuterol is illegal, in others, such as China, Mexico and Guatemala, it is still used.

Consequently, eating meat that has been ‘administered’ or contaminated with Clenbuterol can potentially lead to an Adverse Analytical Finding and a ban from sport.


How are cases of presence of Clenbuterol dealt with?

In order to ensure that valid meat contamination cases are dealt with fairly and to prevent athletes from having their competition results disqualified as a result of eating contaminated meat, WADA amended its rule to the effect that low levels of Clenbuterol (urine concentrations: less than 5 ng/ml) present in an athlete’s sample could be reported as an Atypical Finding (ATF) by the WADA-accredited laboratory. As a result, this provides the Anti-Doping Organisation (ADO) with the possibility of conducting an investigation.

After investigations, ADOs may close cases and allow athletes to retain their results (for sample collected in-competition) if it is determined that the detection of Clenbuterol in their sample is consistent with meat contamination.

However, if, following investigations, the reported ATF is not consistent with meat contamination, or if the concentration of Clenbuterol exceeds the designated threshold, an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) will be asserted and the standard results management will proceed.

Click here to see WADA’s Stakeholder Notice regarding meat contamination.


Advice to Athlete to reduce the risk of consuming contaminated meat

Remember – Athlete are solely responsible for any Prohibited Substance that is found in their system, regardless of how it got there or whether there was an intention to cheat or not!

Athletes are therefore strongly advised to take utmost care and caution when eating meat, especially while travelling abroad, and to be aware of the risk of meat contamination.

  • Athletes are advised to do the following:
  • Consume meat from reputable meat source;
  • Inquire about the origins of the meat products;
  • Avoid eating unusual meat products; and
  • Where possible, request documentation as regards food safety and quality standards of the source of the meat.

What if an Athlete cannot avoid meat consumption?

If the Athlete cannot avoid meat consumption, then he is strongly recommended to collect as much information and evidence as possible so that he can use them in the event an ATF of Clenbuterol is reported.

Such information may include:

  • Travel dates
  • Dates when meat was consumed
  • Name and address of the place where meat was consumed;
  • The food consumed and its proportion; and
  • Receipt of purchase of the meat/food.


Every athlete has the right to clean sport and everyone has a duty to protect clean sport!



Doping is defined as the occurrence of one or more of the following Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs):

1.      Presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s sample

2.      Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method

3.      Refusing to submit to sample collection after being notified

4.      Failure to file athlete whereabouts information and missed tests

5.      Tampering with any part of the doping control process

6.      Possession of a prohibited substance or method

7.      Trafficking a prohibited substance or method

8.      Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete

9.      Complicity in an ADRV

10.  Prohibited association with athlete support personnel who has engaged in doping



  • It is fundamentally wrong and is detrimental to the overall spirit of sport.
  • Drug misuse can be harmful to an athlete's health and to other athletes competing in the sport.
  • It severely damages the integrity, image and value of sport, whether or not the motivation to use drugs is to improve performance.

What's at Risk? Click here to learn about the Dangers of Doping!

              Click here to see Anti-Doping at a glance!


The consequences of an anti-doping rule violation may include the disqualification of results, the imposition of a period of ineligibility, mandatory publication of your violation and, perhaps, financial sanctions.


Ineligibility means exactly what it says – you cannot take part in any competition or the activities of an International Federation, its member national federations or their member clubs. This includes training with your club or team or using facilities that are linked with your club or team.

Similarly, you cannot take part in any competitions authorized or organized by any of the other signatories of the Code (such as the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the National Olympic Committee) or their affiliated entities.

Likewise, you cannot take part in any professional league or any international- or national-level event organization or any elite- or national-level sports activity funded by a governmental organization.

What you should know:

Q: How long is the period of ineligibility?

It may range from a reprimand to a life-time ban.

For Anti-Doping Rule Violations of presence or use of a prohibited substance, the period of ineligibility is generally as follows:

·       If you intended to cheat, the period is 4 years;

·       Otherwise, it is 2 years – unless you can show that you had no significant fault no negligence, in which case ineligibility may be reduced to a minimum of one year;

·       If the violation involves a specified substance or a contaminated product, and you can establish No Significant Fault, ineligibility may range from 2 years to a reprimand, depending on your level of fault.

In case there are multiple Anti-Doping Violations and/or aggravated circumstances, the period of ineligibility may be more than 4 years up to a maximum of a life-time ban.

Q: What range of factors does the period of ineligibility depend upon?

The factors include (but is not limited to): the type of violation, the prohibited substance or method used, the nature of the athlete’s conduct and the athlete’s degree of fault.

Q: Can collaboration and ‘substantial assistance’ make a difference?

Yes. The Code recognizes that this is a special circumstance.

The cooperation of athletes and others who acknowledge their mistakes, and are willing to step forward to bring anti-doping violations to light, is essential to clean sport.

A period of ineligibility may be reduced (by up to half of the otherwise applicable period) if an athlete voluntarily admits doping before the Anti-Doping Organization files notice of a rules violation and, at the time, that admission is the only reliable evidence of the misconduct – that is, he or she comes clean of his or her own volition.

An athlete’s period of ineligibility may also be reduced significantly if he or she provides “substantial assistance” to an Anti-Doping Organization, police or prosecuting authority or professional disciplinary body that results in the Anti-Doping Organization bringing a new case against someone else (or discovering the possibility to do so).

What is “substantial assistance”? It means fully disclosing, in writing, everything you know about doping by any person, including yourself. It also means fully cooperating with the authorities, including testifying at a hearing if that is required.



Automatic disqualification:

In an individual sport, an anti-doping rule violation in connection with a competition (for instance, an individual match or race) automatically results in disqualification of the results of that competition.

Further Disqualification:

Generally, results are disqualified retroactively – unless fairness requires otherwise – from the date of the anti-doping rule violation (for instance, the date of collection of the positive sample) until the commencement of any provisional suspension or ineligibility period.


What does Disqualification mean? It means loss of results, medals, points and prize money. Your results in other competitions in the same event – for example, the Olympic Games – may also be disqualified



Financial consequences may be imposed both on the Athlete and the National Federation for doping.

Financial sanctions can never replace or reduce a period of ineligibility.



If you are found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation, that fact will be made public. The idea is that this serves as an important deterrent to doping.

An Anti-Doping Organisation, except in the case of a minor, publish the name of an athlete, the nature of the rules violation and the consequences within 20 days after a final ruling. If the final decision was that there was no violation, the decision may only be disclosed publicly with the consent of the athlete.


Any athlete under the testing jurisdiction of the JJIF (or any other Anti-Doping Organisation with authority over the athlete) may be tested at any time, with no advance notice, in- or out-of-competition, and be required to provide a urine or blood sample.

The aim of testing is to detect and deter doping among athletes to protect clean athletes.

Refusing to undertake a test can lead to a four-year ban. This is why all athletes should familiarise themselves with the testing process. It is therefore important that an Athlete understands his/her rights and responsibilities in relation to testing.

Click here to look at the Doping Control Process at a glance. / Cliquez ici pour voir la procédure de contrôle du dopage en bref.

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Ø  Be accompanied by a representative and/or interpreter of their choice to the Doping Control Station;

Ø  Asking for additional information about the sample collection process;

Ø  Requesting to view the DCO’s credentials;

Ø  Having a choice of collection vessels and sample collection kits and verifying that the selected collection vessel is intact;

Ø  Requesting a delay in reporting to the doping control station for valid reasons;

Ø  Requesting modifications for athletes with impairments (if applicable);

Ø  Commenting on the doping control form about the way in which the doping session was conducted.


Ø  Requesting and attending the B sample analysis (in case an Adverse Analytical Finding);

Ø  In the case of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ARDV) being asserted, the athlete has the right to a fair hearing and the right to appeal the hearing decision;

Ø  Rights regarding data protection, according to ISPPPI and any local law applicable.



Ø  Complying with the sample collection procedure;

Ø  Being available for sample collection (urine or blood), whether in-competition or out-of-competition;

Ø  Reporting immediately to the doping control station after being notified of a doping control unless there are valid reasons for delay;

Ø  Bringing a photo ID to the doping control station;

Ø  Staying in direct observation of the doping control officer (DCO) or chaperone at all times from when the initial contact is made until the completion of the sample collection procedure;

Ø  Ensuring the accuracy of the information entered on the doping control form during sample collection (including stating any medications and supplements taken within the 7 days prior to sample collection, and where the sample collected is a blood sample, blood transfusions within the previous 3 months.)



Athletes, like all people, may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take a particular medication/substance or undergo certain procedures/methods.

If the substance or method appears on WADA’s List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, athletes must obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in order to have the permission to take it or use it.

TUEs can only be granted by Anti-Doping Organizations following a robust review process that is defined in WADA's International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions and involves evaluation by a panel of at least three physicians specialized in sports medicine and/or other relevant specialties.

An athlete who needs a TUE should apply as soon as possible. For substances prohibited In-competition only, the athlete should apply for a TUE at least 30 days before his/her next competition, unless it is an emergency or exceptional situation.

Q: Who must obtain TUEs from JJIF?

The JJIF Anti-Doping Rules (JJIF ADR) require that all International-level Athletes* who need to take medication/treatment which is on WADA’s Prohibited List must submit a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) application to JJIF as follows:

·       If the Athlete does not already have a TUE granted by his/her National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO), he/she must apply directly to JJIF.


·       If the Athlete already has a TUE granted for national-level competitions by his/her NADO, that TUE is not automatically valid for international-level competition and it is possible to apply to JJIF for recognition, provided that such TUE decision has been  reported in accordance with Article 5.4 of the International Standard for Therapeutic  Use Exemptions and therefore is available for review by WADA.

* International-level Athletes are defined in the JJIF ADR as reported below.


Q: What are the criteria for granting a TUE?

The criteria are:

  • The athlete would experience significant health problems without taking the prohibited substance or method;
  • The therapeutic use of the substance would not produce significant enhancement of performance;
  • There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative to the use of the otherwise prohibited substance or method;
  • The requirement to use that substance or method is not due to the prior use of the substance or method without a TUE which was prohibited at the time of use.

For the TUE to be granted, all four criteria must be met.

Q: Which athletes are considered to be "International-Level Athletes"?

International-level athletes are defined as (1) Athletes with the following ranking: 1-10 in the JJIF Ranking list, available on the JJIF website; and, or (2) Athletes who compete in the Continental and World Championships or any other Event organized by JJIF or where JJIF is the ruling body.

Athletes who do not fall under the above-mentioned categories should submit TUE applications to their respective National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO).

Q: I am an International-Level Athlete. How and when should I apply to JJIF for a TUE?

·       As soon as a new treatment is prescribed to you, you must check whether it involves prohibited substances or methods. If this is the case, a TUE application form (please see at the end of the page) must be completed, signed and sent to JJIF ( by you or through your National Federation. In accordance with the JJIF ADR, TUE applications should be sent at least thirty (30) days before your next competition.

·       TUE applications must be adequately documented with relevant medical records in order to be considered. According to the JJIF ADR, medical evidence confirming the diagnosis and explaining the reasons for the required treatment shall be transmitted along with the TUE application. The medical evidence must include a comprehensive medical history and the results of all relevant examinations, laboratory investigation and imaging studies. Please note that applications sent without medical evidence cannot be considered. Please refer your treating physician to the medical information available on WADA's website to support the decisions of TUE committees. In case of doubts, contact

·       Once your application is received, JJIF may request additional information in order to document the clinical situation in accordance with WADA's Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions. The JJIF TUE Committee has twenty-one (21) days to issue a decision once the full application (including sufficient medical documentation) is received. For this reason, you should send your TUE application at least 21 days prior to your next competition.

·       If it is not possible for you to apply 30 days before the decision is needed, you must imperatively attest the urgent nature of the application in the form. JJIF tries to be as flexible as possible to accommodate these situations, however urgent applications should be exceptional, not routine.

·       TUE applications cannot be considered for retroactive approval except in the cases mentioned in article 4.3 of the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions.

·       Once a TUE is granted: (1) any change in substance, dosage, route of administration and/or frequency requires the submission of a new TUE application (ISTUE Art. 6.12); and (2) in case of persistence of the medical condition, it is the athlete’s responsibility to apply in advance for renewal of the present TUE prior to its expiry date.


Q: Can a retroactive TUE be granted?

TUE applications cannot be considered for retroactive approval except in the cases mentioned in article 4.3 of the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions which provides as follows:

“An Athlete may only be granted retroactive approval for his/her Therapeutic Use of a Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method (i.e., a retroactive TUE) if:

a.      Emergency treatment or treatment of an acute medical condition was necessary;or

b.      Due to other exceptional circumstances, there was insufficient time or opportunity    for the Athlete to submit, or for the TUEC to consider, an application for the TUE prior to            Sample collection; or

c.        The applicable rules required the Athlete (see comment to Article 5.1) or permitted the Athlete (see Code Article 4.4.5) to apply for a retroactive TUE; or

[Comment to 4.3(c): Such Athletes are strongly advised to have a medical file prepared and ready to demonstrate their satisfaction of the TUE conditions set out at Article 4.1, in case an application for a retroactive TUE is necessary following Sample collection.]

d.      It is agreed, by WADA and by the Anti-Doping Organization to whom the application for a retroactive TUE is or would be made, that fairness requires the grant of a retroactive TUE.

[Comment to 4.3(d): If WADA and/or the Anti-Doping Organization do not agree to the application of Article 4.3(d), that may not be challenged either as a defense to proceedings for an anti-doping rule violation, or by way of appeal, or otherwise.] Once a TUE is granted: (1) any change in substance, dosage, route of administration and/or frequency requires the submission of a new TUE application (ISTUE Art. 6.12); and (2) in case of persistence of the medical condition, it is the athlete’s responsibility to apply in advance for renewal of the present TUE prior to its expiry date.”

Athletes selected for doping control must systematically (i.e. regardless of the presence of a  TUE) declare on the doping control form the use of all prescribed and over-the-counter medications as well as supplements taken in the last 7 days.


Q: What happens if my treatment involves Prohibited Substances/methods and I do not have a TUE?

Using a prohibited substance or method on WADA's Prohibited List before or without TUE approval will most likely result in an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) in the event of an anti-doping test. It is therefore important that athletes check very carefully whether any treatment they are prescribed involves prohibited substances or methods. Athletes should also not assume that all medical professionals who prescribe medication have a full understanding of anti-doping-related matters in their sport. Athletes are advised to treat the matter of TUEs seriously and in all instances seek expert advice

Click here to see TUEs at a glance.

For more general information about TUEs please visit WADA TUEs section. For any request, clarification or doubt please contact:

Download the TUE APPLICATION FORM here


No-advance notice out-of-competition testing is one of the most powerful means of deterrence and detection of doping. To support this type of testing, JJIF has created a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) as part of its testing program.

The athletes in the RTP are required to provide information on their whereabouts in ADAMS.

Providing Whereabouts information gives JJIF the ability to locate you and to rely on unannounced controls to maximise the potential for doping athletes to be caught.

JJIF updates the composition of the RTP at least yearly. Athletes in the RTP are chosen on a set criteria.

Learn about Whereabouts at a glance! / La localisation des sportifs en bref!

What you should know:

Q: How do Athletes know if they must submit Whereabouts information?

Athletes will be notified if they are included in the RTP and are required to submit Whereabouts information.

Q: What Whereabouts Information do I need to submit?

Athletes in the JJIF RTP are required to provide complete and accurate whereabouts information for each day of the quarter to enable any ADO to locate them for testing, including but not limited to the 60-minute time slot period. 

At a minimum, you must include the following information in your whereabouts submission:

1.      An up-to-date mailing address and email address where correspondence may be sent to you for formal purposes

2.      One daily specific 60-minute time slot between 5am and 11pm

3.      Your overnight residential address for each day of the quarter. This is the place where you will be staying overnight (e.g. home, temporary lodging, hotel, etc.)

4.      Your training whereabouts (training venue address and training schedules)

5.      Your competition details (venue, address and schedule)

6.      Any and all regular activities that are part of your regular routine (training at the gym, regular physio sessions, school, work, etc.)

7.      Your traveling schedule

8.      Any additional information deemed necessary to enable any ADO intending to locate you for Testing

Q: When must Whereabouts information be submitted?

Athletes included in the RTP must complete their Whereabouts Filing on a quarterly basis, i.e. every three months.

Due Date

Whereabouts period

15 December

Q1: 1 January – 31 March

15 March

Q2: 1 April – 30 June

15 June

Q3: 1 July – 30 September

15 September

Q4: 1 October – 31 December


It is important to submit Whereabouts information on time.

If you are required to provide Whereabouts information and do not do so, you risk receiving a Whereabouts Failure and possibly a ban from sport.

Q: What if my plans change?

If you have already submitted your quarterly Whereabouts information and your plans change afterwards, you can log in online on the ADAMS system or via the mobile application to either update your calendar or submit a Change of Plan.

Q: Who can file my Whereabouts information?

Athletes can have their agent or another representative submit their whereabouts information if they wish to.

However, athletes are ultimately responsible for their whereabouts. As a result, they cannot avoid responsibility by blaming their representative or the team for filing inaccurate information about their whereabouts or for not updating their whereabouts if they were not at the location specified by them during the 60-minute time-slot.


Q: How to submit Whereabouts Information?

You can submit your whereabouts in ADAMS.



There are two type of Whereabout Failures: (i) Filing Failures and (ii) Missed Tests.

What constitutes a Filing Failure?

·       Missing the deadlines for submission of Whereabouts information;

·       Failing to file complete or accurate Whereabouts information;

·       JJIF is unable to locate you for testing based on the Whereabouts information you have provided.

What is a Missed Test?

·       Not being available for testing during the 60-minute time slot indicated on the Whereabouts information

Consequences of Whereabouts Failures – What do you risk?

If you commit three Whereabouts Failures in a 12-month period, this constitute an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Your risk the following:

·       Ban from sports for up to two years

·       Disqualification of results

·       Financial sanctions

For more information, visit WADA's Whereabouts section.


2016 and 2017 Annual Testing Report

[2016 Sample Collection Report]

[2017 Sample Collection Report]


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Ju Jitsu Anti-Doping Booklet

Ju Jitsu booklet created by the JJAU Anti-doping education committee under JJAU and in cooperation with World Anti-doping agency (WADA). Available in 4 languages (Arabic, Russian, English and Chinese). Anti-doping rule and rights in one booklet. Copyright © Ju Jitsu Asian Union. all rights reserved.





"All athletes competing in JJIF international tournaments must comply with the WADA rules regarding anti-doping and a clean sport.

List of Suspended Athletes


Kuandyk YESSENEYEV- KAZ (Suspended until 1st August 2022)

Mirjana MARTINOVIC- MNE (Suspended until 9th October 2022)

Eros BALUYOT -PHI (Suspended until 9th October 2022)

Manoj Avinash RAUT- IND (Suspended until 4th April 2021)

Ahmed Mansoor SHABEEB- BHR (Suspended until 4th October 2021)

In accordance with the WADA rules and the JJIF regulations, the Athletes' Commission has elaborated an Athlete's Commitment document (see attachment), which includes the athlete's anti-doping commitment.



Extreme caution is recommended regarding supplement use.

The use of dietary supplements by athletes is a serious concern because in many countries the manufacturing and labeling of supplements do not follow strict rules, which may lead to a supplement containing an undeclared substance that is prohibited under anti-doping regulations. A significant number of positive tests have been attributed to the misuse of supplements and attributing an Adverse Analytical Finding to a poorly labeled dietary supplement is not an adequate defense in a doping hearing.

The risks of taking supplements should be weighed against the potential benefit that may be obtained, and athletes must appreciate the negative consequences of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation as a result of taking a contaminated supplement.

Use of supplement products that have been subjected to one of the available quality assurance schemes can help to reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of an inadvertent doping infringement.


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is not involved in the testing of dietary/nutritional supplements.

The Laboratory Code of Ethics, in the International Standard for Laboratories (Section 3.3.5 of Annex A), states that WADA-accredited laboratories shall not engage in analyzing commercial material or preparations (e.g. dietary supplements) unless specifically requested by an Anti-Doping Organization as part of a doping case investigation. The Laboratory shall not provide results, documentation or advice that, in any way, suggests endorsement of products or services.


WADA is not involved in any certification process regarding supplements and therefore does not certify or endorse manufacturers or their products. WADA does not control the quality or the claims of the supplements industry which may, from time to time, claim that their products have been approved or certified by WADA.

If a company wishes to promote its products to the sport community, it is their responsibility as a manufacturer to ensure that the products do not lead to any anti-doping rule violation. Some third-party testers of supplements exist, and this may reduce the risk of contamination but not eliminate it.