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Frequently Asked Questions (2015 Code)

WADA 2015 Code


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What are the key changes to the Code?

You can view UKAD's summary of the key changes via the below PDF:

Key Changes in the 2015 Code

WADA has also produced a document on the significant changes between the 2009 and 2015 Code.

What is the World Anti-Doping Code?

The World Anti-Doping Code is the document that harmonises regulations regarding anti-doping in sport across all sports and all countries of the world. The Code provides a framework for anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations for sport organisations and public authorities.

Why does it need revising?

The Code is a living document, and WADA ensures it evolves regularly by engaging in extensive consultation and thorough review of the Code and its associated International Standards on a periodic basis. Amendments to the original Code went into force on January 1, 2009, and further changes will be implemented in this third edition, effective 1 January 2015.

Article 23.6 of the Code states that: “WADA shall initiate proposed amendments to the Code and shall ensure a consultative process to both receive and respond to recommendations and to facilitate review and feedback from athletes, signatories and governments on recommended amendments. Amendments to the Code shall, after appropriate consultation, be approved by a two-thirds majority of the WADA Foundation Board including a majority of both the public sector and Olympic Movement members casting vote.”

How does the UK implement the Code?

Many governments cannot be legally bound by a non-governmental document such as the Code. Governments have accordingly drafted, pursuant to the Code, an International Convention under the auspices of UNESCO, the United Nations body responsible for education, science, and culture, to allow formal recognition of WADA and the Code.

The UNESCO-led International Convention against Doping in Sport was unanimously adopted by the 33rd UNESCO General Conference in Paris in October 2005 and went into force in February 2007.

What is UKAD's Code Implementation timeline?

UKAD appointed a Code Implementation Manager to oversee the project, supported by key personnel from across the organisation, specifically identified for their subject expertise, in two distinct project phases. A Code implementation timeline ran from November 2013 when UKAD hosted its annual stakeholder event, the Clean Sport Forum, through to 1 January 2015.

Changes to the UK Anti-Doping Rules were finalised by July 2014 for general dissemination before they came into effect on 1 January 2015. A comprehensive communications plan ensures stakeholders are kept regularly updated while new Education resources have been available since October 2014.

When and how was the 2015 Code agreed by WADA?

A revised World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards were agreed by the WADA Foundation Board at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg in November 2013.

This was the result of over 18 months of global consultation by WADA.

What was UKAD's role in the Code review process?

UKAD undertook a comprehensive review of the World Anti-Doping Code as part of the 2015 Code Review process. UKAD invited National Governing Bodies of Sport across the UK, the Home County Sports Councils and other bodies to comment on the World Anti-Doping Code as part of the UK's submission.

Each of the Code drafts and further information on the consultation process can be found on the WADA website.

What about the UK Anti-Doping Rules?

UK Anti-Doping has drafted updated Rules to come into effect on 1 January 2015. These are available to view:


2015 UK Anti-Doping Rules

What support and resources does UKAD have for NGBs and Partners?

UKAD has produced a suite of tools, resources and template text for NGBs and Partners, all available on our website in the Resources section.

Where can I go for more information?

The World Anti-Doping Agency has published information on the 2015 Code, while we will be tweeting information, hints and reminders regularly via @ukantidoping.

If you require more information and your question is not answered here, please email us at and we will come back to you within a working week.