Santiago 2023 Pan and Parapan American Games

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) wishes the best of luck to Team Canada at the Pan and Parapan American Games taking place in October and November 2023 in Santiago, Chile!

Pan American Games

October 20 to November 5, 2023

Parapan American Games

November 17 to November 26, 2023

Santiago 2023 Pan and Parapan Am Games Anti-Doping Information

Anti-Doping Rules

The Games periods are:

Pan American Games

October 16 to November 5, 2023

Opening of the Village until Closing Ceremonies

Parapan American Games

November 11 to November 26, 2023

Opening of the Village until Closing Ceremonies

The Panam Sports Anti-Doping Rules will be in force for the Games. During the Games period, athletes are under the jurisdiction of Panam Sports, regardless of where they are and when they arrive in or leave Santiago.

The IPC Anti-Doping Code will be in force for the Games. During the Games period, athletes are under the jurisdiction of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), regardless of where they are and when they arrive in or leave Santiago.

The sample collection authority for both Games will be the Chilean National Doping Control Commission (CNDS – Chile). As always, athletes may be notified of their selection for doping control at any time, at any place in the world, with no advance notice.

What to Know Before You Go

Find more about the following topics below:

  • Complete pre-Games education

  • Check your medications to determine if they’re prohibited

  • Apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if your medication is prohibited

  • Exercise caution when considering supplements

  • Submit Whereabouts as needed

  • Bring the True Sport Principles with you

What to Know in Santiago

Find more about the following topics below.

  • Comply with doping control procedures
  • The True Sport Principles
  • Frequently asked questions about anti-doping

Complete Pre-Games Education

If you have been named to Team Canada, you are in your sport’s National Athlete Pool (NAP) and are therefore required to complete education under the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP).

If you have not already completed True Sport Clean or The True Sport Clean Review for 2023, please do so as soon as possible. Log in at If you have any questions, email [email protected] for assistance.

Check Your Medications

If you use prescription or non-prescription medications, they may contain substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 2023 Prohibited List, which is in effect at the Games.

Global DRO

To avoid testing positive by mistake, make sure you search for any and all medications you are using in the online database, Global DRO. This should be done for any new or current prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

The best way to search for a medication in Global DRO is by its Drug Identification Number (DIN). You can also search by name or active ingredient(s).

Download a PDF of your search once you complete it so you can reference it later. Use the button on the right side of the search results screen.

Go to Global DRO

What about when I’m in Chile?

Medications sold in Chile are not included in Global DRO’s database. Whenever possible, bring medications you have verified in Global DRO with you, and declare the use of locally purchased medications during doping control. If you need to purchase medication locally while in Santiago, talk to the medical team before you consume anything. Common medications you take in Canada may include different ingredients in other countries.

What does “prohibited in competition” mean during the Games ?

Global DRO may tell you that your medication is prohibited in competition only. For both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the in-competition period starts at 11:59 PM the day before a competition in which you’re taking part. Note that the in-competition period for tennis and equestrian sports is defined by their respective international federations. 

Need Help Checking Your Medications?


Submit an inquiry:
Complete the online form


Email your question to: [email protected]


1-800-672-7775 or 1 613 521-3340 from abroad


You can also contact your team physician or the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) or Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) physician assigned to your sport.

If any of your prescription medications are prohibited, apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

Apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption if necessary

Already have a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)?

Athletes with a valid TUE from the CCES or their international federation (IF) must ensure the TUE is in ADAMS prior to the opening of the Village (see Anti-Doping Rules section at the top of the page for dates). You should also verify your TUE certificate for:

  • TUE expiration date. Ensure it will be valid through the entire Games period.
  • TUE medication and dosage. Ensure it reflects your current treatment plan.
  • TUE authorizing body. If you have a CCES TUE, verify your IF’s TUE requirements for the Games. A TUE certificate issued by the CCES and recognized by the IF can be provided once you have gone through the recognition process with your IF, and it was approved. If your TUE certificate is not currently recognized by your IF, send a recognition request to the IF as soon as possible.

Do you need a TUE?

The application process can be lengthy, so it is important to apply as soon as possible.

If you require a new TUE, you must:

  • Use the CCES Medical Exemption Wizard to determine whether you should submit the application to the IF or the CCES.
  • Apply to the CCES or the IF before the deadlines below to ensure enough time for the application to be reviewed. This action should be completed as soon as possible.
  • Keep the team physician and the COC/CPC Chief Medical Officer apprised of your TUE application status.
Pan American Games

Apply to the CCES or your IF before  
October 10, 2023

Parapan American Games

Apply to the CCES or your IF before
October 17, 2023

For more information:

Read more about Therapeutic Use Exemptions


Email your question
to: [email protected]


1-800-672-7775 or
1 613 521-3340 from abroad


Athletes who require a new TUE after the deadline must apply to:

Pan Am Games

Panam Sports Medical Commission via the polyclinic at the Pan American Village.

Need help? Get in touch:
[email protected].

Parapan Am Games

IPC TUE Committee via the polyclinic
at the Parapan American Village.

Need help? Get in touch:
[email protected].


There is no way to guarantee that any supplement is free of prohibited substances – even those that do not list a prohibited substance on the label. Athletes are strictly liable for anything found in their sample.

If you and your support team believe that a supplement is an important part of your individualized nutrition or performance plan, please select a supplement that has been subject to rigorous third-party batch testing from a trusted program like BSCG, Informed Choice, Informed Sport, or NSF Certified for Sport.

Read more about the doping risks associated with supplement use and the Supplements FAQ.


To protect clean athletes and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the fight against doping, whereabouts information is collected to ensure athletes can be located for out-of-competition testing. 

Team Canada athletes who are included in the CCES Registered Testing Pool (RTP) or IF RTP are required to continue to update their whereabouts in ADAMS during the Games.

Games-time whereabouts information must include:

  • A 60-minute time slot and location for testing,
  • Accommodation details, including building/block and room number in the Village,
  • Detailed accommodation information for athletes not staying in the Village, and
  • Training and competition schedule, including venues and locations.

Athletes may appoint a team leader, agent, coach or other who may submit whereabouts information on their behalf, but they remain responsible for the accuracy of their information.

The COC and CPC will be required to submit specific event-related whereabouts information for Team Canada athletes via WADA’s ADAMS platform. This information may include:

  • Arrival and departure dates at the Village,
  • Accommodation details, including building/block and room number in the Village,
  • Detailed accommodation information for athletes not staying in the Village, and
  • Training and competition schedule, including venues/location.

Submit your Whereabouts online

Use ADAMS to submit your whereabouts.


Download the Athlete Central app

Athlete Central is available on iOS and Android to submit whereabouts on the go.

iOS |Android

Learn more about Whereabouts

WADA has additional information and resources on whereabouts.

Read more

Questions about the process? Email [email protected].

Doping Control Procedures

In keeping with athlete rights and responsibilities under the CADP, as a Team Canada athlete, you are:

  • Encouraged to bring someone with you to doping control to act as your representative and to assist with translation or interpretation as needed,
  • Reminded that you can request modifications to the sample collection process,
  • Reminded that you must report to the doping control station immediately when notified for doping control, and
  • Advised to record your concerns regarding the doping control process in a Supplementary Report (if available) or on the Doping Control Form in the “Comments” area.

I can delay reporting to doping control just by asking, right?

You can always request a delay for a valid reason, but the doping control officer (DCO) may not be able to grant a delay. If you are granted a delay, you will be accompanied by a chaperone and must remain in sight the whole time – no exceptions.

Valid reasons for requesting a delay include:

  • Locating a representative and/or interpreter,
  • Warming down,
  • Obtaining medical treatment,
  • Obtaining photo identification,
  • Fulfilling media commitments,
  • Completing a training session,
  • Competing in additional competitions, or
  • Participating in a medal ceremony.

Athletes will be asked to provide urine and/or blood samples.

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Take the True Sport Principles with You

What values and principles will you take with you to Chile? What will you bring onto the field of play with you in Santiago? See what Canadian Olympians have to say about how their values and principles informed their participation in sport.

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Can I test positive for banned substances because of coca tea?

There were notable cases of athletes testing positive from coca tea following the Pan Am Games in Peru.

Coca tea, or mate de coca, is used as an altitude sickness remedy and is legal in Chile. A study shows that a single cup of coca tea can result in detectable levels of the metabolite up to 48 hours after drinking it. Metabolites of cocaine were found in athletes’ samples following consumption of this tea at a Peruvian hotel and one of these athletes was Canadian.

Remember, athletes are subject to the principle of strict liability, meaning they are liable for anything found in their sample, so exercise caution.

Should I be concerned about tainted meats?

The use of anabolic agents like clenbuterol and trenbolone in cattle in Central and South America has resulted in positive tests in the past.

WADA is aware that this is a problem, and for very low levels of clenbuterol found in a sample, anti-doping organizations can conduct an investigation to determine whether the positive test came from contaminated meat.

In the meantime, try to avoid street foods, liver and exotic meat products during the Games period, and instead choose meat from a reputable source, like the food found in the Village. Consider asking where meat is sourced from, as meat imported from North America, Europe, or Australia will be subject to stricter regulation.

What is the legal status of cannabis in Chile?

First, remember that cannabis is prohibited in sport in competition. For the Pan Ams, the in-competition period starts as soon as the Village opens, so using cannabis any time during the Games period may result in an anti-doping rule violation. For the Parapan Ams the in-competition period starts at 11:59 PM the day before competition.

Cannabis for medical purposes is permitted in Chile and, with a valid prescription, can be purchased from authorized vendors. It remains illegal to transport cannabis across the Canadian border, even for medical purposes, so if you have a prescription for medical cannabis, you cannot take it with you. You can read more on the Government of Canada web pages about Drugs, alcohol and travel and Cannabis and the border.

The sale or import of cannabis for recreational purposes in Chile is not allowed.

Can I safely use melatonin to help with jet lag?

The CCES recommends that all decisions about supplementation, whether for nutrition, performance, or recovery, should be made under advisement of medical professionals.

If you decide to use a melatonin, or any supplement, select one that has been batch tested by a reputable testing program like BSCG, Informed Choice, Informed Sport, or NSF Certified for Sport to minimize the risk of contamination.

What happens if I don’t speak the same language as doping control staff?

You have the right to request a delay to find a representative and/or an interpreter. You may want to have a translation app installed and ready on your phone as a backup.

What can I do if I don’t recognize the equipment during doping control?

Some countries and some Games use equipment that’s different from the Berlinger kits we use in Canada. It all works on similar principles, and samples are collected with procedures that are based on WADA’s International Standards. The DCO will provide instructions to help you use the unfamiliar equipment to collect, split, and seal your sample.

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