Dear Colleagues,

In 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) initiated development of its ISO9001:2015 certified Compliance Monitoring Program; and since 2017, WADA has been monitoring Signatories’ compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) mainly through the Code Compliance Questionnaire (CCQ) and the Signatory Audit program.

So far, WADA has issued Corrective Action Reports (CARs) to all 307 Signatories that received and completed the CCQ; and, work is ongoing with a number of Signatories. In addition, WADA has conducted around 30 audits on both International Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), with a total of 19 audits planned for 2019.

We wish to thank all Signatories for the energy and efforts that have been put into the implementation of the corrective actions, which contribute significantly to protecting the integrity of sport worldwide.

Given that the next CCQ will not be issued until early 2022 to assess the implementation of the revised Code and International Standards, which will come into effect on 1 January 2021; in early 2019, WADA launched an enhanced “Continuous Monitoring Program” for Code Signatories, which we wish to detail for you today. In short, the Continuous Monitoring Program includes the following elements:

Monitoring the entry of Doping Control Forms (DCFs) into the Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS). Since the introduction of this initiative, DCF entry has increased globally from 60% in 2015 to 98% today. Nonetheless, as a reminder, it is critical that Signatories enter DCFs into ADAMS within 15 business days of sample collection to enable a meaningful steroidal and haematological Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program to operate worldwide; to facilitate coordinated test distribution planning; and, to avoid unnecessary duplication in testing by Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs);
Monitoring Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) applications and decisions, both in terms of timely input into ADAMS (TUE decisions within 15 business days after the TUE Committee makes its decision) and the quality of submissions provided;
Monitoring Results Management cases to ensure that due process is followed and cases are closed in a timely fashion;
Conducting remote, post-audit review of Signatories previously audited, to ensure that compliance is maintained and does not revert back following a WADA audit;
Issuing Mandatory Information Requests (MIRs) under Article 8.6 of the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), if needed, to ensure compliance of activities associated with Critical or High Priority requirements; and
Monitoring ABP programs.

The purpose of the Continuous Monitoring Program is to bridge the gap between the CCQ issued in 2017 and the next release planned in early 2022, to ensure compliance of anti-doping programs worldwide and to maintain athlete confidence in the global anti-doping system.

In addition to these activities, WADA is also implementing a compliance monitoring program tailored towards the activities of Major Event Organizations (MEOs). This program will be introduced to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in advance of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Requests and reminders to Signatories

As WADA rolls out the full Compliance Monitoring Program, Signatories may receive requests and reminders from different WADA departments and will continue to receive support from WADA, including from the Regional Offices. WADA will aim to ensure that the messaging is coordinated as much as possible; however, we thank Signatories in advance for responding to the relevant departments within the deadlines provided. While we conduct this program in a cooperative spirit, we wish to remind you that under the ISCCS, if deadlines are missed, the Signatory may be reported to WADA’s internal Compliance Taskforce, which may result in it being asserted non-compliant by the Executive Committee following a recommendation from the external, independent Compliance Review Committee.

Upcoming ADAMS enhancements to assist Signatories

To support Signatories with their compliance responsibilities, a number of new functions will be released in ADAMS as the ADAMS Next Gen project progresses. In particular, a new Test Distribution Plan (TDP) and Technical Document for Sport Specific Analysis (TDSSA) monitoring tool will be introduced in the coming weeks, which will enhance the efficiency of Signatories monitoring their TDP and TDSSA compliance in real-time.

Update on WADA’s Compliance Monitoring Program

In addition to the excellent response from Signatories to increasing DCF entry in ADAMS from 60% in 2015 to 98% today, the following are some of the numerous collective achievements WADA wishes to share with Signatories:

Over 3,700 corrective actions have been implemented by Signatories to date following receipt of their CCQ Corrective Action Report (CAR).
Over 540 corrective actions have been implemented by Signatories to date following receipt of their audit CAR.
Several countries have introduced new legislation or amended their existing legislation to enhance their anti-doping programs through the Compliance Monitoring Program.
Under WADA’s enhanced Compliance Monitoring Program, only five Signatories have been declared non-compliant and three of these have been reinstated, thanks mainly to enhanced cooperation and coordination with WADA and other stakeholders.
Several Signatories have entered into partnerships with other Signatories to enhance their anti-doping programs.

WADA would like to thank all Signatories for the significant collective effort to date and looks forward to working with all involved in the continued development of the global anti-doping program.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have at compliance@wada-ama.org.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency

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