The Prohibited List

The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) every year and details all substances and methods which are prohibited in sport.

As a medical professional, you should be familiar with this so that you can advise athletes about the types and kinds of substances and methods that are not permitted in sport.

A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:

  • it has the potential to enhance sporting performance
  • it presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
  • it violates the spirit of sport.

You can view the full WADA Prohibited List here, but the tables below give you a basic summary of the kinds of substances and methods that are banned in sport.

Prohibited AT ALL TIMES    (in and out of competition)

Non Approved SubstancesManipulation of blood and blood components
Anabolic Androgenic SteroidsChemical or physical manipulation
Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors and related substancesGene doping
Hormone and Metabolic Modulators
Diuretics and other Masking Agents

Some substances are only prohibited in-competition, i.e. when an athlete is tested at during a sporting event.

Prohibited In-Competition

Stimulants, such as Pseudoephedrine (at certain levels), Amphetamines, Adrenaline, Cocaine, Ephedrine
Narcotics, such as Morphine, Pethidine, Fentanyl
Cannabinoids (including synthetic), such as Marijuana, THC, Kronic, Spice etc
System Glucocorticoids, such as oral prednisone, systemic injections and rectal applications

In certain sporting competitions, the following are also tested for:

Alcohol (above defined levels)
Beta-Blockers, such as Betaloc and Timolol

You can find out which sports prohibit these particular substances here.