Protecting the Right to Enjoy Doping-Free Sport

Preparing for Doping Control


Preparing for doping control

You will be familiar with the doping control procedure and may have experienced it several times before.

The following tips will be useful for all athletes.



Top tips for doping control:

  • Hydration

It is recommended that you follow your normal hydration routine, as a urine sample will be tested for its specific gravity.

This means that the urine must be of a certain concentration to be suitable for analysis at the laboratory. Excessive rehydration (too much fluid) could lead to the repetition of the sample-collection procedure.

  • The Doping Control Form

You will be given an opportunity on the Doping Control Form (DCF) to record any medications and supplements that you may have taken in the last seven days.

We advise athletes to include anything that may come under these categories, including over-the-counter medicines such as cold and flu remedies, multi-vitamins or herbal remedies. It is recommended that athletes keep a record of any medications and supplements that they have taken recently so they do not forget to list anything. If you have downloaded the Clean Sport App, then you can use the ‘My Medications’ function to record these.

You can ask the Doping Control Personnel any questions about the sample-collection procedure. However, they will not be able to give advice on areas such as which medicines and supplements to record.

If you have any comments or concerns about the procedure, you should record this on the Doping Control Form.

Delay in Reporting to the Doping Control Station

Following notification, athletes may delay in reporting to the Doping Control Station for any reasons specified in the International Standard for Testing, subject to the Doping Control Officer’s agreement.  The reasons are different depending on whether the test is in or out-of-competition.

In-Competition testing:

  • Participating in an award ceremony
  • Fulfilling media commitments
  • Competing in further competitions
  • Performing a warm-down
  • Obtaining necessary medical treatment
  • Locating a representative and/or interpreter
  • Obtaining photo identification
  • Any other exceptional circumstances which can be justified and which shall be documented.

Out-of-Competition testing:

  • Locating a representative
  • Completing a training session
  • Receiving necessary medical treatment
  • Obtaining photo identification
  • Any other exceptional circumstances which can be justified and which shall be documented.

If you are unsure

If at any stage you are in doubt as to what you should do, there is a three-stage process to help you: tell, ask and check.

  • Remember to tell all those who are supporting your sporting career that you need to abide by the anti-doping rules.
  • Always ask for advice if you are unsure about any decision you may want to take.
  • Always check all medications (and supplements) before you take them.