Mandatory Use of ADAMS for DCFs and TUEs

June 1, 2016

Dear WAKO members,

In order to reinforce the existing requirements of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) (Article 14.5); as well as the International Standards for Testing and Investigations (ISTI) (Article 4.9.1b) and Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) (Article 5.4); and, to ensure the transparency of all signatories’ anti-doping programs, the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decided at its 12 May meeting that:

1. Given that it is a mandatory requirement under the Code and the ISTI to enter all Doping Control Forms (DCFs) and under the ISTUE to enter all Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) decisions into ADAMS, all DCFs and TUE decisions shall be entered into ADAMS no later than 15 business days after sample collection or receipt of a TUE decision; and

2. Failure to do so, will result in a declaration of non-compliance, in accordance with the ISO certified WADA process for non-compliance.

This decision will take effect 1 June 2016.

To avoid corrective action for the entry of DCFs and TUEs into ADAMS, ADOs are required to enter all DCFs and TUEs from 1 June 2016 onwards within 15 business days. DCFs and TUEs generated between 1 January 2016 and 1 June 2016 must be entered as soon as possible and no later than 31 December 2016.

WADA’s access to DCFs and TUE information is a key element to ensure effective monitoring of ADOs’ anti-doping programs. A key recommendation of WADA’s recent Independent Commission , which exposed widespread doping in Russian athletics, was for WADA to reiterate to all signatories that they are obliged to “provide complete and timely data for ADAMS”. WADA’s Athlete Committee also strongly supports this requirement. As is WAKO IF.

DCFs must be entered into ADAMS to enable a meaningful steroidal and hematological Athlete Biological Passport ’s program to operate globally; to facilitate coordinated test distribution planning; and, to avoid unnecessary duplication in testing by ADOs. Despite this already being a requirement of the Code and ISTI, only 60% of DCFs globally were entered into ADAMS in 2015.

It is equally important that information about TUEs be made available via ADAMS. This is necessary in order to allow WADA and WAKO to fulfil its responsibilities under Article 14.5 of the Code with respect to the sharing of data and coordination of anti-doping activities.

Thank you for your collaboration and your commitment to clean sport.


Roy Baker,

Vice President WAKO

Acting President WAKO Europe

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