The following is an outline of the areas you should consider when establishing a National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO). Some suggestions may apply to your situation; while others may not be relevant. You should determine what fits best in your country.

Step 1: Plan the NADO

The first step when establishing your NADO is to develop a plan. This plan will outline all of the relevant aspects that need to considered.

  • Form a small Planning Committee that would be responsible for the establishment of the NADO.

  • Define the NADO's

    • Authority
    • Jurisdiction
    • Mandate
    • Structure
    • Funding support
    • Relationship with RADO

Step 2: Appoint a Governing Body

Once the Planning Committee has completed this initial work, the relevant authorities should appoint a governing Board for the NADO. This Board could include the sample people who were a part of the Planning Committee; or new people could be appointed to the Board.

 Step 3: Ensure NADO's Independence

The NADO should be independent in its operations and decisions

Step 4: The NADO Office

Depending on the scope of your anti-doping program, you may decide to either add the anti-doping portfolio to the responsibilities of a current staff, or hire new staff to run the NADO.

Next Steps: Your NADO is created- then What?

  • Establish your anti-doping rules (these could be based on the NADO Model Rules that are offered by WADA)
  • Identify possible penalties for those National Federations that do not adopt the anti-doping rules.
  • Send the rules to all National Federations and WADA for comments.
  • Convene a conference with all National Federations to openly discuss the rules.
  • Have the National Federations sign a collective policy accepting the anti-doping rules. 


A full fledged National Anti-Doping Program requires a significant financial and humand resources. However, you do not need a to establish a robust NADO; you only need to ensure that you have a structure inplace that allows for anti-doping programs to occur.

This is why the Regional Anti-Doping Organization was created. The RADO is a way for countries to combine resources in order to implement Code Compliant anti-doping programs. The RADO acts as a central organization, working in cooperation with individual countries to manage their anti-doping activities.


The RADO Office, on behalf of the NADO, may:

  • Assist and develop education programs
  • Assist with the development and implementation of Anti-Doping Rules Coordinate testing
  • Manage the Results Management Process
  • Manage the Appeals Process
  • Manage the Therapeutic Use Exemptions process
  • Accredit and Manage the Doping Control Officers

The responsibilities of a RADO Member Country are:

  • Establish a NADO for the country
  • Implement Anti-Doping Rules in the country
  • Ensure all National Federations and their participants adopt the anti-doping rules
  • Conduct Education and Information programs in the country
  • Conduct testing-possibly through the RADO on a fee per test basis
  • Either manage the results management, appeals and TUE process; or  designate the RADO to manage these processes. If this happens the country will be informed of all decisions.
  • Be an active member of RADO Board
  • Support the RADO Operations and activities through annual funding (this would be significantly less than if you decided that the NADO would conduct all the activities). 



The ideas outlined in this document provide you with issues you need to consider when establishing your NADO. Some issues will apply to your specific situation; while others will not. You will have to decide the process you would like to follow.

See the attachment for more informations on "How to establish a NADO. Do not hesitate to contact ORADO for any additional assistance.

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