Recent changes to anti-doping regulations in relation to over-the-counter stimulants

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Neil Chester

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has been in existence for over ten years. It was set-up in 1999 to standardise and coordinate doping control globally within sport. On January 1st 2004, the World Anti-Doping Code was introduced, together with a set of international standards that included a Prohibited List which superseded the List produced by the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission. Whilst no marked changes were made to the Prohibited List in terms of the major drug classes, several commonly available over-the-counter (OTC) stimulants were removed and transferred to a Monitoring Programme. Whilst no longer prohibited, the Monitoring Programme enabled WADA to continue to assess the use of such substances, and determine whether athletes were misusing these substances and whether they should be re-introduced to the Prohibited List.

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