The prohibited list

The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport.  It is updated every year on January 1.

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 2019 Prohibited List here, but the tables below gives 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)

Some substances are only prohibited in-competition, i.e. if you are tested at or during a sporting event, games, regatta etc.

Prohibited in-competition

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

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