2021 World Anti-Doping Code

The World Anti-Doping Code (Code) is the core document that harmonizes anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities around the world.  The code updated around every five years.  The current code is the 2021 Code. 

The Code is the fundamental and universal document upon which the World Anti-Doping Program is based. Its purpose is to advance the anti-doping effort through universal harmonization of core anti-doping elements. 

More than 660 sport organizations have accepted the World Anti-Doping Code.  These organizations include the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), all International Federations (IFs) and all IOC-recognized IFs, National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, National Anti-Doping Organizations.

Signatories such as Drug Free Sport NZ are required to undertake three steps in order to be fully compliant with the Code:

  • acceptance 
  • implementation 
  • enforcement.

Code acceptance means that a Signatory agrees to the principles of the Code and agrees to implement and comply with the Code.

Once a Signatory accepts the Code, it must then implement it. The implementation of the Code is the process that an anti-doping organization goes through to amend its rules and policies so that all mandatory articles and principles of the Code are included.

Finally, enforcement refers to the Signatory actually enforcing its amended rules and policies in accordance with the Code. WADA monitors implementation of and compliance with the Code.

Please check the World Anti-Doping Agency's website for more information about the Code.