Protecting the Right to Enjoy Doping-Free Sport

Athletes (2015 Code)


What athletes need to know about the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code

This is the place where you can find what you need to know about the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. 

Clean sport is UKAD’s vision and athletes are at the core of everything we do. You have the right to participate in sport knowing that you, and your competitors, are clean.

Who does the 2015 Code apply to?

If you are a member of a NGB, and/or compete in any NGB organised or sanctioned events, for example leagues, national championships or races, then anti-doping rules apply to you.

What You Need to Know Now

The 2015 Code came into effect on 1 January.

Significant Changes

  • Longer bans: Deliberate doping is now punished with a four-year ban
  • Stringent approach:  Unintentional doping, such as that resulting from the negligent use of a food or medicine product, will be punished in many more cases with a two-year ban
  • Whereabouts violations: The timeframe for three filing failures and/or missed tests is reduced to 12 months, from 18 months

Contaminated Products

The 2015 Code acknowledges that doping resulting from the use of a contaminated product deserves special attention. If a ‘Contaminated Product’ (which is defined carefully in the Code) results in a positive test then an athlete may, if they have acted responsibly, be treated more leniently as far as a ban is concerned. Nevertheless, athletes must understand using products such as food supplements is a doping risk and that they must take all appropriate steps to manage that risk.

UKAD’s supplement message remains: there are no guarantees that any supplement product is free from banned substances.

Two New Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)

New ADRV: Complicity

  • If you help to cover up, are involved in, or support someone else to avoid being detected for an ADRV, you  may be banned

New ADRV: Prohibited Association

  • If you ‘associate’ with a person such as a coach, doctor or physio who is either banned for doping, or has been sanctioned in some other way for similar behaviour, you will be required to stop that association. If you refuse, then you may be banned

Where to Find More Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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