World Anti-Doping Code
USADA is a fully compliant signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code and WADA International Standards, considered the foundation of the strongest anti-doping programs globally.
The Code is a core document that provides the framework for anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities. It is designed to harmonize anti-doping policies and ensure the standards are the same for all athletes. The Code works in conjunction with five international standards that further provide guidelines for anti-doping efforts.
The World Anti-Doping Agency announced USADA as one of the first organizations to formally adopt the World Anti-Doping Code on April 7, 2003.
World Anti-Doping Code Effective January 1, 2015
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code, which, along with the Prohibited List and the International Standards, are created and maintained by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in order to harmonize anti-doping efforts around the world across all sports. The international anti-doping community, including WADA and all of the Code-Signatories, have completed a full review and revision of the 2009 World Anti-Doping Code, and as a result of this review and revision, on January 1, 2015, a new World Anti-Doping Code took effect. The 2015 Code is designed to even better protect the rights of clean athletes and the integrity of competition with a focus on targeting current issues in the fight against doping, while simultaneously being tougher for those who intentionally cheat and easier for those who follow the rules and compete clean. USADA was an active participant in the Code review, submitting comments and feedback, and sharing our expertise and experience throughout the process. Learn more about the 2015 Code changes.