Protecting the Right to Enjoy Doping-Free Sport

An Insight into Drug Testing

DCO and an athlete

A Doping Control Officer and athlete during a test

You may not have experienced a drugs test in sport yet, but if you continue to develop your talent then you may be tested in the next couple of years.

Drug-testing is one of the main ways that UK Anti-Doping underpins an athlete's achievements as clean.

Being tested for the first time can be slightly daunting. Always remember that you can take someone with you if you are chosen to be tested.

What Happens During a Test?

Tests are carried out by trained people known as Doping Control Personnel. They will:

  1. Come and tell you that you need to undertake a drugs test
  2. Chaperone you to the drug testing area. This is called the Doping Control Station
  3. Collect a urine sample from you – you will have to pee in front of the Doping Control Officer who will be the same gender as you
  4. Ask you to pour your sample into a A and B bottles, checking that your sample is closed securely
  5. Confirm your sample is suitable to be analysed by the lab
  6. Ask you to sign some paperwork as a record of the test. You will have a copy to take away with you

Further information

As you develop as an athlete drug testing may become a regular occurrence. You can find out more in the Performance Athlete area here