WADA Publishes 2017 Prohibited List

(Ottawa, Ontario – October 19, 2016) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) would like to alert the Canadian sport community that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the 2017 Prohibited List. The List will come into effect on January 1, 2017.

The 2017 List of Prohibited Substances and the 2017 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes are now available for download on WADA’s website in English and French.

Notable modifications to the List include:

  • Lisdexamfetamine (an inactive pro-drug of amfetamine) was added to category S6. Stimulants.
  • Nicomorphine was added to category S7. Narcotics. It is an opioid analgesic drug which is converted to morphine following administration.
  • Under category S3. Beta-2-Agonists, dosing parameters of salbutamol were refined to make it clear that a full 24-hour dose should not be administered at one time.
  • Arimistane was added as a new example of aromatase inhibitor under category S4. Hormone and metabolic modulators and higenamine was added under category S3. Both are prohibited substances that have been found in dietary supplements.
  • GATA inhibitors and Transforming Growth Factor-B inhibitors were added to category S2. Peptide hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics.

The List is an international standard identifying substances and methods prohibited in sport. It was first published in 1963 by the International Olympic Committee. Since 2004, WADA has been responsible for the preparation and publication of the List, which it updates every year.

Athletes can find out if their medications are prohibited using the following CCES resources, all of which will be updated on January 1, 2017, to reflect the new List. 

Athletes can apply for a medical exemption if they are prescribed a prohibited medication for the treatment of an illness or condition. The CCES Medical Exemption Wizard (www.cces.ca/medical-exemptions) can help athletes find out if they need to apply for an exemption, what to include in the application, and where to submit it.

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The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. The CCES acknowledges funding, in part, from the Government of Canada. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.


For further information, please contact:

Megan Cumming
Manager, Corporate Communications
+1 613-521-3340 x3233