As an athlete, you may have an illness or condition that requires a particular medication. If this medication appears on the Prohibited List, you may be granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) which gives you permission to take it.

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TUEs ensure that you are able to obtain treatment for a legitimate medical condition- even if that treatment requires a prohibited substance or method.

The TUE process avoids the risk of sanctions due to a positive test.

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Any athlete who may be subject to doping control must request a TUE before taking a prohibited medication. All information in this request remains strictly confidential.

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An application must be made at least 30 days before taking part in an event. In exceptional cases or true emergencies, a TUE may be approved retroactively.

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The TUE Process

1. Request a TUE Form from your relevant anti-doping organization (ADO) or through ADAM

 2. Your physician fills out the TUE Form and you send it back to your ADO 

3. Once a TUE is requested, a panel of experts by the ADO reviews your request and will grant a TUE if: 

  • Your health will be significantly impaired if you do not take the substance.
  • The substance does not enhance your performance beyond what brings you back to normal health.
  • There are no alternative treatments available.

4. The ADO advises if you can take the requested medication or not. In the case of a denied request, you will be informed of the reasons. You have the right to appeal the decision.


* Who do I contact/where do I return my form?

National-Level Athlete: Contact National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) or Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization (ORADO) 

International-Level Athlete: Contact International Federation (IF)

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During Doping Control

  • DECLARE the approved medication on your Doping Control Form
  • SPECIFY that a TUE has been granted
  • SHOW a copy of the TUE approval to the doping control officer

The procedure for applying for and granting a TUE are outlined in the International Standard for TUEs published by WADA. You may also contact your IF or NADO or ORADO for more information.

Note: WADA does not grant TUEs.

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