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Anti-Doping

Whether by accident or on purpose, doping is against the rules of the sport. Use the links below to ensure you are working within the laws for aquatic sports.

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Checking Meds

Global DROThe WADA Prohibited List is amended annually but is subject to change from time to time. The list describes each prohibited class of substance with examples. The prohibited list comes into effect on 1 January  every year and can be found at www.wada.ama.org. If you would like to know more about the Prohibited List Categories, please contact the British Swimming Anti-Doping Manager.

Checking Medication

Before taking any medication, athletes are advised to check the Global Drug Reference website www.globaldro.com

Global DRO is a very easy-to-use, online information service. It provides accurate information on the current status of substances and branded medical products according to the current WADA Prohibited List.

If a product is allowed out-of-competition but not in-competition we advise athletes to seek medical advice to ensure that the medication is out of their systems before the in-competition period.The website checks medications purchased in UK, USA, Canada and Japan only.

Athletes should have the product box or prescription to hand and the must ensure they type in and select the exact product name from the choices on offer.  It is crucial that this is correct as some products may be both permitted and prohibited depending on the exact type. They should also ensure that they select the correct country of purchase in, as ingredients for apparently the same product can vary between countries.

Some products are permitted out-of-competition but not in-competition. Global DRO gives the exact status of your medication. If a product is allowed out-of-competition but not in-competition we advise athletes to seek medical advice to ensure that the medication is out of their systems before the in-competition period.

A reference number will appear on Global DRO when you check medication. Athletes should note down the reference number as an additional safeguard.

Please note that Global DRO does not include nutritional supplements or herbal remedies.

If the athlete or coach is unsure of how to check medication using this database, they should contact the British Swimming Anti-Doping Manager.

Taking Medication 

Athletes should be aware of the following potential pitfalls:

  • Repeat Prescriptions - check that repeat prescriptions are for exactly the same medication as originally prescribed. If the prescription has even slightly changed, athletes should check the new brand or ingredients on Global DRO to ensure the product is not prohibited.
  • Receiving medication abroad - even if an athlete’s medication looks exactly the same, manufacturers use different ingredients or dosages for the same product in different countries. Athletes are advised to take enough medication to cover their time abroad. If they need to take foreign-purchased medication, they should check Global DRO and, select the country of purchase.

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TUEs

Athletes, like all others, may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take particular medications. If the medication an athlete is required to take to treat an illness or condition happens to fall under the Prohibited List, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) may give that athlete the authorization to take the needed medicine.

The criteria for a TUE being granted are:

  • The athlete would experience significant health problems without taking the prohibited substance or method
  • The therapeutic use of the substance would not produce significant enhancement of performance, and
  • There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative to the use of the otherwise prohibited substance or method.

TUEs are granted for a specific medication with a defined dosage. They are also granted for a specific period of time and do expire. The athlete needs to comply with all the treatment conditions outlined in the TUE Application.

The table below show who and when an application for a TUE is required. Please note a TUE is an application and needs to be supported by medical notes from a Doctor prescribing the medication. 

An application can take up to two weeks to be processed and a decision on the application returned. By submitting an application does not mean automatic permission.

TUE table

* Threshold levels apply in accordance to prescribed and The Codes dosage

For all support and advice with TUE applications please contact Rachel Burrows (British Swimming Anti-Doping Compliance manager) who will be able to as sit and support you with your TUE application.

Rachel will also be able to advise whether an application needs to be made via FINA or UKAD. An application cannot be submitted to more than one organisation.

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Testing Figures

Rule violation statistics for British Swimming athletes:

2013

  1st Qtr
April - June '13
2nd Qtr
July - Sept '13
3rd Qtr
Oct - Dec '13
4th Qtr
Jan - Mar '14
Total
Doping Violations 0 0 0   0
Whereabouts Filing Failure 0 1 0   1
Whereabouts Missed Test 3 0 0   3

2012

  1st Qtr
April - June '12
2nd Qtr
July - Sept '12
3rd Qtr
Oct - Dec '12
4th Qtr
Jan - Mar '13
Total
Doping Violations 0 0 0 0 0
Whereabouts Filing Failure 1 0 0 0 1
Whereabouts Missed Test 11 0 1 0 12

2011

  1st Qtr
April - June '11
2nd Qtr
July - Sept '11
3rd Qtr
Oct - Dec '11
4th Qtr
Jan - Mar '12
Total
Doping Violations 0 0 0 0 0
Whereabouts Filing Failure 0 0 0 0 0
Whereabouts Missed Test 5 1 3 1 10

Annual Out of Competition Testing Numbers

Below is a quarterly breakdown of the doping control tests out-of-competition administered by UKAD as well as requests for testing services from events, organizations, individuals and other sport and anti-doping organizations.

2013

  1st Qtr
April - June '13
2nd Qtr
July - Sept '13
3rd Qtr
Oct - Dec '13
4th Qtr
Jan - Mar '14
Total
Urine 8       8
Blood passport 14       14
Urine & Blood 6       6
Total 28       28

2012

  1st Qtr
April - June '12
2nd Qtr
July - Sept '12
3rd Qtr
Oct - Dec '12
4th Qtr
Jan - Mar '13
Total
Urine 63 24 9 20 116
Blood passport 1 0 1 3 5
Urine & Blood 0 0 0 5 5
Total 64 24 10 28 126

2011

  1st Qtr
April - June '11
2nd Qtr
July - Sept '11
3rd Qtr
Oct - Dec '11
4th Qtr
Jan - Mar '12
Total
Urine - 32 38 34 104
Blood passport - 5 8 5 18
Urine & Blood - 0 0 0 0
Total - 37 46 39 122


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Anti-Doping Rules

British Swimming (and its members ASA, SASA and WASA) is a member of FINA. FINA are an international body responsible under the World Anti-Doping Agency Code for regulating doping control on all the aquatic disciplines. 

The British Swimming Anti-Doping Rules are based upon the rules produced by UKAD which have been drafted to implement any amendments to the Code. The rules have been adopted to impose clear prohibitions and controls on doping in the sport of swimming in accordance with the mandatory provisions of the WADA Code.

The British Swimming Anti-Doping rules apply to:

  • All athletes and athlete support personnel who are members of British Swimming and/or ASA, SASA or WASA
  • Any member or affiliate organisations
  • Any licensees of British Swimming
  • Any of the home nations (including any clubs, teams, associations or leagues)
  • Any participating person in activities organised, convened, authorised or recognised by British Swimming or any of the home nations
  • Any other athlete or athlete support personnel who by contract is subject to the jurisdiction of British Swimming for purposes of Anti-Doping

It is the personal responsibility of each athlete and athlete support personnel to acquaint him/herself and comply with the British Swimming Anti-Doping Rules.

To view the British Swimming Anti-Doping Rules, click here, and to view the most recent amendments to the Rules, click here.

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Supplements

Informed SportExtreme caution is recommended regarding supplement use.

The use of dietary supplements by athletes is a concern because in many countries the manufacturing and labeling of supplements may not follow strict rules, which may lead to a supplement containing an undeclared substance that is prohibited under anti-doping regulations.

A significant number of positive tests have been attributed to the misuse of supplements and taking a poorly labeled dietary supplement is not an adequate defense in a doping hearing. As the supplement industry is difficult to regulate, no guarantee can be given that any supplement, including vitamins and minerals and herbal remedies, is free from prohibited substances.

UK Anti-Doping advises you to assess the need for the supplement itself, and assess the risk that the supplement contains a prohibited substance. It is important you take as many precautions as possible if you are using supplements and nutritional products.

Taking a poorly labeled dietary supplement is not an adequate defense in a doping hearing.HFL Sport Science manages the Informed Sport programme which offers a risk minimisation scheme for supplements and can be viewed at www.informed-sport.com

This can help reduce the risk of contaminated supplements but it is no guarantee. If you choose to take supplements, it is important that when using the Informed Sport programme, you only buy from a batch that has been tested by them.

However, please note that this still does not guarantee a supplement is completely free from prohibited substances as there can even be differences in ingredients within the one batch.

There are some important issues to note:

  • The Informed Sport programme is not able to test for all substances on the Prohibited List. Athletes, who take substances which have not been tested for by Informed Sport, do so at their own risk
  • Supplements are batch tested. In batch testing, the amount of product actually analysed is a small proportion of the whole batch that is manufactured. Just because one sample does not test positive for a prohibited substance, there is no guarantee that the entire product is ‘clean’. It is possible to get a variation in the levels of contamination both between separate manufacturing batches and even within a batch itself.

The British Swimming 2014 Supplement Guidelines can be downloaded here.

Further nutritional information and advice is available from the English Institute of Sport website at www.eis2win.co.uk.

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ADAMS

Registered Testing Pools

The National Registered Testing Pool is managed by UKAD and the International Registered Testing Pool is managed by FINA.  British Swimming notifies athletes of their inclusion in FINA’s testing pool.

Whereabouts and ADAMS

Athletes in Registered Testing Pools are required to manage their own profiles on the WADA created whereabouts management system, ADAMS. Each athlete submits key contact information and must provide whereabouts details on a quarterly basis. The information can be securely accessed by the relevant anti-doping organizations: FINA, UKAD and WADA. Athlete Whereabouts information enables these organizations to conduct a more robust out of competition testing programme.

Athletes are required to provide and update the following information by day regardless of their situation or location in the world (i.e. 365 days per year, no exclusions for holidays, injury, travel etc).

  • One hour slot every day
  • Address of daily residence
  • Regular activities (training, work etc)
  • Competition schedule

Whereabouts System www.myadams.co.uk
UKAD Testing Pool +44 (0) 7781 480710
  athlete@ukad.org.uk
FINA Testing Pool dcwhereabouts@fina.org
Hour slots

Athletes in registered testing pools must be available for testing at the location and time given for their hour slot for the full sixty minutes. This Whereabouts component is the only requirement which carries an automatic ‘missed test’ if the athlete is not at the stipulated location. 

Athletes may alert UKAD and/or FINA to changes of their hour slot location at any time, up to one minute prior to the start. Changes can be made on ADAMS, or by text/email for UKAD or by email only for FINA.

Filing Failures and Missed Tests

As indicated in the ‘Anti-Doping Rule Violations’ section, athletes are liable for whereabouts filing failures (a strike) if they provide inaccurate information. For example, if an athlete does not provide training information that is known to them, they could be liable for a filing failure. Athletes who miss a test when not available at the hour slot are also liable for a strike. Three strikes within a period of 18 months may result in an anti-doping rule violation.  The principle of ‘strict liability’ applies: the athlete is solely responsible for the provision of whereabouts information and availability for testing during the hour slot.

Support for ADAMS

Training for ADAMS is given by the British Swimming Anti-Doping Manager in advance of an athlete being included in either testing pool. British Swimming also provides specific on-going support to all athletes in testing pools and completing ADAMS whereabouts.

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Anti-Doping Education

British Swimming work with closely UKAD to ensure the legacy of clean ASA and British Swimming athletes, within the future generations. These athletes will require prevention and protection from doping and education plays a key role in achieving this.

We aim to do this by installing a culture of doping-free sport by ensuring that all athletes understand and practice the values of clean sport.

We have worked with UKAD to develop an Anti-Doping curriculum specific for British Swimming and the ASA. The progressive educations sessions can be tailored to meet the needs and specifics of each of the five aquatic disciplines.

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100% ME is about being a true athlete. It's about being able to say my performance Is 100% me. There is no secret to my success - just hard work, determination and talent.

100% ME helps athletes throughout their sporting journey. The curriculum supports, informs and educates athletes throughout their careers by providing anti-doping advice and guidance.

If a parent, club, coach or squad requires resources or to book a complementary education session in relation to 100% ME, please contact rachel.burrows@swimming.org who will be able to talk through the options available to you.

For more information, view the UKAD advice card for swimmers here.

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Forms and Contacts

To contact the British Swimming Anti-Doping Compliance Manager Rachel Burrows, please e-mail rachel.burrows@swimming.org or telephone her on 07824 618863.

You can view the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) website at www.wada-ama.org and the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) website at www.ukad.org.uk

Forms

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