Open Consultations

SDR 21.1 : Anti-Doping (Stage 3)

Earlier this year UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) published a new Assurance Framework for sport. The Assurance Framework includes a number of new anti-doping requirements, requirements which UKAD expects all sports governing bodies to meet within appropriate timescales.

The Assurance Framework will require changes to Scottish Rugby's domestic anti-doping rules. Comments are therefore invited in respect of an updated draft of Scottish Domestic Regulation 21.1 (Anti-Doping) and the codification of our current practice in respect of players who wish to be regarded as being "retired" for anti-doping purposes.

The Revised version of SDR 21.1 includes a new clause (clause 8.2) to incorporate Requirement 20b of the Assurance Framework. Otherwise - apart from re-dating where appropriate - the remainder of the document is unchanged. No changes were made between Stages 2 and 3 of the consultation process.

Requirement 13 of the Assurance Framework requires Governing Bodies to have a formal process whereby players can signify their retiral from playing the game. Scottish Rugby's current process under which players can signify their retiral (for anti-doping purposes) has been codified into the attached draft Protocol. Two very small changes have been made to the draft from Stage 2 - these are tracked on the document below:

- The current version of SDR 21.1 can be viewed here.

- The UKAD Assurance Framework can be viewed here.

In their consultation response, all respondees are asked to:

- Provide details of any change(s) being proposed (including draft wording where appropriate);

- Indicate the reason(s) why the change is being proposed; and

- Provide the name, contact details and capacity within the game of the person proposing the change.

Responses should be submitted by email to [email protected] no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd December 2021. THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Scottish Rugby Disciplinary Rules (Stage 3)

The Interim Meeting of the World Rugby Council in November 2021 agreed a number of amendments to World Rugby Regulation 17 (Discipline - Foul Play). In the light of this Scottish Rugby's Disciplinary Rules require to be updated.

Comments are invited in respect of the draft Scottish Rugby Disciplinary Rules below. No changes to the draft were made as a result of the Stage 2 consultation.


- The current version of Scottish Rugby's Disciplinary Rules can be viewed here.

- World Rugby Regulation 17 can be viewed here.

In their consultation response, all respondees are asked to:

- Provide details of any change(s) being proposed (including draft wording where appropriate);

- Indicate the reason(s) why the change is being proposed; and

- Provide the name, contact details and capacity within the game of the person proposing the change.

Responses should be submitted by email to [email protected] no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd December 2021.THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED.

The following Consultations are now closed:

Consultations During 2021

The following consultations have been undertaken during 2021:

  • Disciplinary Rules : Reg. 17 changes for 2022 (Stages 1 and 2)
  • SDR 21.1 Anti-Doping (UKAD Assurance requirements) (Stages 1 and 2)
  • National Competition Rules 2021-22 (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • Schools & Youth National Competition Rules 2021-22 (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • Super6 Tournament Rules 2021 (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • SDR 10.1 : Concussion (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • SDR 21.2 : Illicit Drugs (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • SDR 10.4 : Pregnancy and Rugby (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • SDR 4.1 : Player Contracts and Payments (Stages1, 2 and 3)
  • Disciplinary Rules and Code of Conduct for the Game 2021/22 (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • SDR6 : Betting and Anti-Corruption (Sages 1, 2 and 3)
  • SDR 21 Anti-Doping (Alignment with updated WR Reg. 21 & UKAD Rules)

Consultations During 2020

The following consultations were undertaken during 2020:

  • SDR 21 Anti-Doping (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • SDR 23 Player Insurance (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • SDR 4.2 Clearance to play in Another Union (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • Adult Rugby NCRs 2020/21 (Stages 1, 2 and 3) - held due to the impact of Coronavirus.
  • Schools & Youth NCRs 2020/21 (Stages 1, 2 and 3) - held due to the impact of Coronavirus.
  • SDR 22 Artificial Rugby Turf (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • SDR 4.1 Player Contracts and Payments (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • Disciplinary Rules 2020/21 (Stages 1, 2 and 3)


Consultations during 2019

The following consultations were undertaken during 2019:

  • Women's Cup Competition Regulations 2020 (Stages 1, 2 and Final Draft)
  • Disciplinary Rules (Recognition of sanctions from other sports)
  • SDR 21.1 Anti-Doping (Reformatted Policy and Regulation)
  • Online Season Structure Consultation;
  • Transgender Policy : Non-Binary Players (Stage 1);
  • SDR 6 : Betting and Anti-Corruption (Stages 1, 2 and Final Draft);
  • Super 6 Tournament Rules (Final Draft);
  • Disciplinary Rules 2019/20 (Stages 1, 2 and 3)
  • Adult National Competition Rules 2019/20 (Stages 1, 2 , 3 and Final Draft);
  • Schools & Youth Rugby Competition Rules 2019/20 (Stages 1, 2, 3A and 3B, and Final Draft)
  • Women's League Competition Regulations 2019; and
  • Women's Cup Competition Regulations 2019.

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