The 2016 Prohibited confirmed

15 Oct 2015

On the 16th of September, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Executive Committee approved the 2016 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, which is now available on WADA’s website. The List will come into force on 1 January 2016.

“WADA leads an extensive consultative process annually that results in the updated Prohibited List,” said Craig Reedie, President, WADA. “Our Expert Group considers such sources as scientific and medical research; trends; and, intelligence gathered from law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies in order to stay ahead of those that wish to cheat,” he continued. 


Updated annually, the List is one of five International Standards that are mandatory for all signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). It designates what substances and methods are prohibited in- and out-of-competition; and, which substances are banned in particular sports. According to the Code, if a substance or method could be placed on the list if it is found to meet two of three criteria: 

  1. Enhances performance, 
  2. Poses a threat to athlete health, 
  3. Violates the spirit of sport 

As has been the case in recent years, the list will be made available as an iPhone app and on other mobile devices effective 1 January 2016.