In September 2023, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) launched the 2027 World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards Update Process. The Code is the core document that harmonizes anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations across sport organizations and public authorities around the world. It works in conjunction with the International Standards, which collectively foster consistency among anti-doping organizations in various areas. 

Since their first release in 2004, these foundational documents have evolved based on experience and stakeholder consultation to ensure their continued effectiveness, though the standards may be updated on different timelines. They are living documents, updated approximately every six years, and now the fifth iteration of the Code is being drafted. 

WADA leads the drafting and consultation processes, and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) leads the process of providing comments to WADA on behalf of our national sport community throughout the consultation phases.  

2027 Code and Standards Update Process Timeline

WADA has provided timelines and key phases for the update process. Read the detailed plan.   

  • Phase 1: You’re invited to submit comments for Stakeholder Engagement Phase 1
    (deadline December 22, 2023)
  • Phase 2: Stakeholder Consultation Phase (May to October 2024). Information for this phase will be made available as soon as possible. 
  • 2027 Code Approval (November 2025): A final version of the 2027 Code and International Standards will be approved by the WADA Executive Committee.
  • 2027 CADP Consultation (January to mid-2026): Once the 2027 Code is approved, the CCES will begin the consultation process for the 2027 CADP. It will be released in October 2026, followed by the adoption period for sport organizations. 
  • 2027 Code and CADP enter into effect (January 1, 2027).

We want to hear from you!

The CCES values the experiences and opinions of the sport community, and we welcome your feedback throughout the consultation processes. If you have comments or questions about the 2027 Code and International Standards, please email [email protected]. Feedback can also be submitted directly to WADA through WADAConnect.  

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