Anti-doping (IAAF)


IAAF commitment to healthy and drug-free athletics

The IAAF is proud of its position at the forefront of the global fight against doping in sport, and is resolutely committed to athletics, and to the preservation of a zero-tolerance policy with respect to doping.

This position dates back to the 1928 Amsterdam Congress, where the very first anti-doping rule was approved. More than 85 years later, doping control is now conducted at all major competitions, with the IAAF working together with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the IOC, national federations and national anti-doping organisations to ensure the implementation of a coordinated, robust anti-doping programme.

In 1989, the IAAF and the other Olympic federations signed a joint declaration against doping, with a random and target testing out-of competition programme being initiated that same year; this has become a regular feature of the IAAF programme, both at national and international level.

Since 1995, the IAAF has been at the forefront of the campaign for global harmonisation of all anti-doping related activities; a project that ultimately, in 2003, resulted in the creation of the World Anti-Doping Code. At its Congress in Paris later the same year, the IAAF accepted the World Anti-Doping Code as a basis for the fight against doping in sport, and the new IAAF anti-doping rules were introduced with effect from 1 March, 2004. Ever since, the IAAF has played an active, visible role in each revision of the Code.

The IAAF also operated a key role in the establishment of a list of accredited laboratories around the world, as well as the development of a list of prohibited substances, during the 1970s. These dual concepts were then further developed by the IOC and both lists are now published annually by WADA.

On an annual basis, the IAAF conducts an extensive anti-doping programme, including approximately 3500 annual in- and out-of-competition tests, scientific research, and informative and educational projects, being determined to remain the leading international federation in this regard.

In recent years, this pledge has been underlined through a rigorous implementation of the Athlete Biological Passport.

Official anti-doping documents

Official documents and links


Preventing doping through education has always been a key priority for the IAAF; being especially focused towards young athletes. Since 2005, outreach programmes have been systematically established as a feature at major competitions, with an emphasis on youth and junior events. The IAAF remains firmly committed to developing innovative and modern education tools, with WADA’s support.

Educational documents

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The IAAF, through its Medical and Anti-Doping Commission, has also been a primary contributor to the development of sports medicine, through numerous publications and projects. Since 2007, the IAAF has conducted an injury surveillance programme at major competitions, aiming at the development of adapted prevention tools for athletes and their entourage. In 2007, the IAAF organised an international consensus conference on nutrition for athletics. While, in 2011, the IAAF was the first international federation to introduce eligibility rules for females with hyperandrogenism.

Medical documents

External links

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

ADAMS (Anti-Doping & Administration System) login

IAAF anti-doping Q&A