WADA Prohibited List

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List is the comprehensive document serving as the international standard for identifying substances and methods prohibited in sport. Mandated by, and serving as a key component of the Code, the Prohibited List is one of the most important parts of harmonization globally across the anti-doping movement. Broken down by categories, some substances and methods are prohibited at all times and others are only prohibited in competition or only prohibited in particular sports. The Prohibited List is updated annually following an extensive consultation process facilitated by WADA and goes into effect on January 1 of each year.

The most current edition of the list can be found directly at www.wada-ama.org and is published at our website in Arabic

The official text of the Prohibited List shall be maintained by WADA and shall be published in English and French. In the event of any conflict between the English and French versions, the English version shall prevail.
Athletes should be aware of the classes of substances that are on the Prohibited List, and should be careful to check the status of any medication they consume to ensure that it won’t result in a positive test.


Risks of Supplement

There are no guarantees that any supplement product is free from banned substances and athletes must be fully aware of the risks to their career if they chose to use a supplement product.

An important principle of the Code is strict liability, which states that athletes are solely responsible for any prohibited substances in their system, regardless of how it got there and if there was an intention to cheat. Before taking supplements, athletes must therefore assess the need, risk and consequences to their careers.

The facts - what you need to know about supplements

  • All athletes must undertake thorough internet research prior to using any supplement product. This is a WADA Code requirement.
  • Not knowing is not an excuse. If you test positive, it will be for you to prove how the banned substance entered your system.
  • The Code makes a provision for contaminated products (supplements), so make sure you can prove that you have taken all steps to manage the risks associated with supplement use.

What that means for you

Many athletes fail tests because of the supplement products they use.

There is no guarantee that any dietary supplement is free from containing prohibited substances due to the following issues that can arise:

  • Products can become contaminated with prohibited substances during the manufacturing process
  • The ingredient labelling on products can be inaccurate. Be wary of fake supplement products, especially when buying over the internet

WADA or any other anti-doping organization is not able to endorse or approve supplement products, and any product claiming it is ‘safe for athletes to take’ should be used with extreme caution. If a company claims their product has been approved and/or certified by WADA, this statement is inaccurate.  

What you should do

Assess the need: seek advice from a qualified medical professional to determine whether you need to use a supplement.

Assess the risks: if you chose to use a supplement product, only use batch-tested supplement products to minimize your risks of contamination. Make sure you check the actual batch numbers prior to use.

Assess the consequences: to your career prior to using any supplement product. You could receive a four-year ban.