Canadian athletes are not only subject to CADP rules, but also to the rules of other anti-doping organizations which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code. It is the athlete’s responsibility to be aware of and comply with the anti-doping rules of each organization. This relates to competitions athletes may compete in, or athletes being subject to testing while training in another country.

Specifically, athletes are subject to the rules of:

International Federation

Canadian athletes competing at a national or international level may be subject to the anti-doping programs of their international federation (IF). The World Anti-Doping Code requires IFs to have their own comprehensive anti-doping programs, which involve TUE processes, whereabouts, testing, investigations and results management. Some IFs include additional substances, such as alcohol or beta-blockers, as sport exceptions on the Prohibited List. Athletes must be aware of their IF’s anti-doping program and fully understand their responsibilities. To help you find the information relevant to your particular sport, the World Anti-Doping Agency has compiled a list of IF websites.

World-Anti Doping Agency (WADA)

Canadian athletes competing at a national or international level are also subject to doping control authorized by WADA. WADA has a comprehensive out-of-competition testing program that aims to supplement testing already conducted by international federations and national anti-doping organizations. WADA also has the right to review, appeal and overturn TUE and results decisions.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) or International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

The IOC and IPC are responsible for the anti-doping program which takes place at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including medical exemptions, testing and whereabouts requirements. Athletes competing at the Olympics and Paralympics must be aware of and comply with extensive IOC and IPC anti-doping protocols and their associated responsibilities.

Major Games Commissions

When competing at major games such as the Commonwealth Games or the Pan-American Games, Canadian athletes are subject to the anti-doping rules of the major games commission. Athletes competing at these games must understand their responsibilities under the games-specific anti-doping rules.

Other National Anti-Doping Organizations

To provide for greater efficiency and effectiveness of doping control, the CCES sometimes partners with other national anti-doping organizations to conduct doping control on Canadian athletes who are abroad and who have been selected by the CCES for testing. Other countries also have the authority to test Canadian athletes on their own soil.