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ATHLETE REMINDER: 2017 WADA Prohibited List Now in Effect


USADA would like to remind all athletes that the 2017 WADA Prohibited List went into effect on January 1, 2017. Please note that the 2017 WADA Prohibited List does include changes from the previous year, so we strongly encourage athletes and their support personnel to take a moment to review the updated 2017 WADA Prohibited List and utilize the following resources to better understand how specific changes may impact them. Remember, the athlete is solely responsible for any substance they use, regardless of the route of administration. Athlete support personnel, like coaches, parents, and medical staff should also be familiar with the annual Prohibited List updates to help protect the clean athletes they support.

Prohibited List Resources:

Summary of Prohibited List Changes:

Explore a brief summary of highlighted changes to the WADA Prohibited List.

Athlete Guide to the 2017 Prohibited List

While not exhaustive, this Guide provides in-depth guidance on how the WADA Prohibited List pertains to athletes, and it should be reviewed in conjunction with the List.

Substance Profiles:

Learn more about the history, clinical utility, performance-enhancing actions, and potential side effects of certain substances included on the 2017 WADA Prohibited List.


Athlete Tools

Don’t forget to use the tools below to check the status of specific substances, products or ingredients, and to learn more about dietary supplements. For additional help, direct questions to Athlete Express via phone or email.

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Research your medications on GlobalDRO.com, an easy-to-use and trusted resource available 24/7/365 to athletes and support personnel in Australia, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.




Learn how to realize, recognize, and reduce risk from dietary supplements on Supplement411.org. Also explore some dietary supplement products that contain prohibited substances by reviewing the USADA High Risk List.





Contact Athlete Express with questions at 866-601-2632 or at athleteexpress@usada.org.



Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)

Athletes, like all people, may have medically justified illnesses or conditions that require them to take a particular medication/substance, or undergo certain procedures/methods. If the substance or method appears on the WADA Prohibited List, athletes may be granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), which gives them permission to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method for a specific duration. TUEs are only reviewed once the athlete provides a completed TUE application, including the supporting diagnosis and medical documentation necessary for an independent TUE Committee to determine that a substance or method meets the WADA International Standard for TUEs criteria. Learn more at usada.org/substances/tue.

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