2016 Prohibited List Released
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the 2016 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (the List), which will come into effect on 1 January 2016.
The List is the international standard that identifies which substances and methods are prohibited in-competition, out-of-competition, as well as in some cases, by a specific sport.
It is important for athletes to be aware of the changes to the List to help protect their health, career and the integrity of their sport.
Estonian Anti-Doping Agency translated the List into Estonian and added comments from the Estonian experts.
Some recommendations in a nutshell:
• All medical treatments should be documented all times, specifying the dosage, the route and the frequency.
• Most of the medicines used in Estonia can be checked with the help of EADA’s medicine database (in Estonian).
• Athletes should carefully follow the prescriptions of any medicine.
There are very few changes to the 2016 List: the only additions are in the category S4, Hormone and Metabolic Modulators. Insulin-mimetics were added to include all insulin-receptor agonists, and meldonium was added.
Medicine containing meldonium is called Mildronate (there may be other medicines, but this is the most common in Estonian context). Meldonium was added to the List because of evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance.
Still, trimetazidine is prohibited all times, as it was stated already in the 2015 List. One of the medicine containing trimetazidine, is Preductal.
EADA wishes to point out that cannabis (any forms) is prohibited during in-competition period. Using cannabis is illegal and is damaging to the health and the integrity of sport.
The List will come into effect on January 1, 2016. Athletes and sports physicians have now two months to find an alternative treatment if needed.
Athletes can apply for a medical exemption (TUE or therapeutic use exemption) if they are prescribed a prohibited medication for the treatment of an illness. Please contact EADA in that matter.
Estonian Anti-Doping Agency