Anti-Doping - Prohibited Substances and Methods

Each year the World Anti-Doping Agency produces a list of substances which athletes are not allowed to take together with a list of "prohibited methods" (such as blood doping). This document is known as the WADA Prohibited List. Please note that:

  • Some substances are prohibited at any time and some are only prohibited "in-competition" i.e. on match day or within 24 hours of a match; and
  • Under the principle of Strict Liability, players are solely responsible for any prohibited substance found in their system whether there was an intention to cheat or not.

A copy of the current Prohibitied List, which came into effect on 1 January 2017, can be found below. A summary of the changes from 2016 is also provided

Before taking medication

Before taking any medication players are advised to check its ingredients on the Global Drug Reference Online website (Global DRO), which will confirm whether the substance is permitted or not. Please note that this website will not confirm the safety of dietary supplements. For information on supplements please see the specific section on this website.

Advice on Supplements

Illicit Drug Factsheets