Athletes who are subject to anti-doping rules would need a TUE to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method. You should verify with RADOCA to know to whom you need to apply and if you can apply retroactively.
First, check if the required medication or method you intend to take or use is prohibited as per the WADA Prohibited List:
- Prohibited List
- You can also check the substance on the Global DRO website. However, do note that Global DRO will not have your local registered drugs.
You have a responsibility to inform your physician(s) that you are an Athlete bound to anti-doping rules. You and your physician(s) should check the Prohibited List for whatever substance/method you are prescribed. If the substance/method is prohibited, discuss non-prohibited alternatives, if there are none, apply for a TUE. Remember athletes have the ultimate responsibility. Contact RADOCA if you are having difficulties.
Then, contact RADOCA to determine your competition level and TUE application requirements.
If it is determined that you are a National-Level Athlete under the Anti-Doping Rules of your country’s National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO), you must apply to RADOCA in advance, as soon as the need arises, unless there are emergency or exceptional circumstances.
For substances prohibited in-competition only, you should apply for a TUE at least 30 days before your next competition. Please refer to the section “How to apply to RADOCA for a TUE?” below.
If your level is lower than the “National-Level” as defined in the Anti-Doping Rules of your country’s NADO, you are entitled to apply for a retroactive TUE after being tested by RADOCA or any other Anti-Doping Organization (ADO).
A TUE granted by RADOCA is only valid at the national level. If you are, or become an International-Level Athlete, or compete at Major Games, that TUE will not be valid unless it is recognized by the relevant International Federation (IF) or Major Event Organization (MEO). It is your responsibility to check if your RADOCA’s TUE is automatically recognized by such IF or MEO.
RADOCA can assist you in the determination of your level and TUE application requirements, and, should the need occur, assist you in presenting your RADOCA’s TUE to an IF or MEO for recognition. Please contact RADOCA by email: email@example.com.