Frequently asked questions about TUEs

On this page you find answers to common questions about the TUE process including:

Who needs to apply for a TUE?

Drug Free Sport determines the criteria (in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code).

If you meet any of the following criteria you will need a TUE in advance of competing. If you are:

  • assigned to Drug Free Sport NZ’s Registered Testing Pool or National Testing Pool
  • selected in a New Zealand Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games team
  • named on the long list for selection for the New Zealand Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games teams
  • once registered, qualified, selected, named, or contracted for the listed teams and events:

Sport

National

International

IF

Athletics

Athletes who enter in the senior category at the National Track and Field Championships.

Black Singlet competitions

World Athletics

Basketball

-Athletes who are selected in the Breakers Squad.

-Athletes who are selected in the National Basketball League (men and women)

-Tall Blacks Squad (men)

-Tall Ferns Squad (women)

FIBA
CanoeingAthletes who enter in the Open Age category at the Canoe Sprint National Championships.Athletes selected in the Canoe Racing NZ Open National team (men and women).ICF
Cricket

-Plunket Shield, 50 Over and T20 Competitions (men)

-Women’s One Day and T20 competitions.

-Black Caps contracted player list

-White Ferns Squad contracted player list

ICC
CyclingElite and Senior categories at National Championship events (includes road, track, mountain bike and BMX championships).Athletes selected to compete at the elite level at a World Championship event (includes road, track, mountain bike and BMX).UCI
Football

-Athletes selected for the Wellington Phoenix Squad

-Men's National League Squad

-Women's National League Squad

-All Whites Squad (Men)

-Football Ferns Squad (Women)

FIFA
HockeyPremier Hockey League (men and women)Black Sticks Squad (men and women)FIH
NetballANZ PremiershipSilver Ferns SquadINF
RowingPremier grade at the New Zealand National Rowing Championships.Athletes selected in the NZ Rowing Team (elite).FISA
Rugby League

-NZ Warriors Squad and the Warriors Women Squad

-Athletes who compete in the Premiership (tier 1) division of the National Rugby League Competition (men and women)

-Athletes selected in the NZ Kiwis Squad (men) or the Kiwi Ferns squad (women)

 

RLIF
Rugby Union

-Super Rugby competition squad (men)

-Mitre10 Cup squad (men)

-All Blacks and All Blacks 7s Squads (men)

-Black Ferns and Black Ferns 7s Squads (women)

World Rugby
Snow Sports Snow Sports NZ HPSNZ carded athletesFIS
SwimmingOpen Age category at the NZ Open ChampionshipsSwimming NZ HPSNZ Carded AthletesFINA
TriathlonElite (standard distance) category at the National Triathlon Championships.Tri NZ HPSNZ Carded AthletesITU

Weightlifting

Athletes who compete in the senior category at the OWNZ Senior and Junior National Championships.Athletes competing in an IWF event.IWF

*You need to apply for a TUE and have it approved BEFORE you start taking any medication*

International level athletes

The criteria for an international level athlete is determined by a sport’s International Federation.  If you’re competing internationally you should check with your Federation and be clear about your responsibilities around TUEs because you may have to apply for a TUE from your International Federation rather than Drug Free Sport NZ.

Other athletes

Other athletes do not require a TUE in advance.  If you’re one of these athletes, you can apply for a retroactive exemption, which means you only need to apply if you’re tested and you return a positive test.  However, you will need to meet the relevant criteria.

If you’re not sure what level athlete you are contact Drug Free Sport NZ email us or call us on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437).  Alternatively, you can contact your National Sport Organisation (NSO) to check.  

When to apply for a TUE?

*You need to apply for a TUE and have it approved BEFORE you start taking any medication*

International level athletes

The criteria for an international level athlete is determined by a sport’s International Federation.  If you’re competing internationally you should check with your Federation and be clear about your responsibilities around TUEs because you may have to apply for a TUE from your International Federation rather than Drug Free Sport NZ.

Other athletes

Other athletes do not require a TUE in advance.  If you’re one of these athletes, you can apply for a retroactive exemption, which means you only need to apply if you’re tested and you return a positive test.  However, you will need to meet the relevant criteria. If you’re not sure what category you are, contact DFSNZ email us or call us on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437).  Alternatively, you can contact your National Sport Organisation (NSO) to check.  

What should be included in a TUE application?

Your medical practitioner will need to provide a variety of information in support of your TUE application.  

This includes:

  • comprehensive medical evidence to justify the use of the treatment, preferably from a specialist
  • confirmation that permitted alternative medications have been tried.

If you or your medical professional do not submit all of the required information, then your application will be delayed so it’s important that you include the correct documentation.

Drug Free Sport NZ aims to deal with TUE applications quickly, but don’t leave it until the last minute to apply in case you need to provide further information. If you’re an international or national level athlete, you need to apply for a TUE BEFORE you take a banned substance.

What if I need emergency treatment?

If you have a serious accident or you require emergency medical treatment, don’t hesitate.  Your health always comes first and you should get whatever medical help you need immediately.

Do advise all medical staff that you’re an athlete who could be drug tested and ask them to check whether all medications are prohibited in sport.

However, if you do require a prohibited substance or method for the sake of your health, make a TUE application immediately after treatment (a retroactive TUE).

Who do I send my TUE application to?

New Zealand athletes will either apply to Drug Free Sport NZ, their International Federation or a major event organiser (e.g. the International Olympic Committee) for a TUE.

Who you apply to for a TUE will depend on what level athlete you are and what sport you’re involved in.

Most athletes can apply to Drug Free Sport NZ for a TUE, but it’s best to call us first to check and we’ll let you know whether you need to apply to your International Federation or event organiser. Email us here or call us 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437).

Remember, if you’re an international or national level athlete, you need to apply for a TUE before you take a banned substance.

Applications to Drug Free Sport NZ should got to tue@drugfreesport.org.nz

What does the TUE committee consider?

Getting a TUE may protect athletes from receiving a sanction if a prohibited substance is found in their sample.

An exemption is only granted if the athlete will gain no unfair advantage by using the banned substance or method.  It’s also important that the athlete’s wellbeing not put at further risk as a result of using the medication.

The TUE Committee must consider the following:

  • will you experience significant health problems if you don’t take the medication?
  • will the substance significantly enhance your sporting performance?
  • is there no reasonable and permitted alternative medication you could take for the illness or condition?

If the criteria are met then it’s likely a TUE will be granted.  A TUE will only be valid for the specific medication and for a certain time period. Make sure you understand the restrictions that apply to your TUE application.  

How long will it take for my TUE application to be considered?

Drug Free Sport NZ aims to have a fast turnaround on TUE applications.  We try to have them dealt within at least fiveworking days.  However, if there is information missing or further information required your TUE application may take longer than this.

Where can I get a TUE application form?

You can download a TUE application form here.