The ISAF Anti-Doping Code is effective from 1 January 2004 and is available online at the ISAF Medical and Anti-Doping sitelet.
At the 2003 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting ISAF accepted the World Anti-Doping Code, a universal code which each International Federation has been required to adopt by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The ISAF Anti-Doping Code is adopted and implemented in conformance with ISAF's responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code.
Anti-Doping Rules, like Competition rules, are sport rules governing the conditions under which sport is played. Athletes accept these rules as a condition of participation. Anti-Doping Rules are not intended to be subject to or limited by the requirements and legal standards applicable to criminal proceedings or employment matters. The policies and minimum standards set forth in the ISAF Anti-Doping Code represent the consensus of a broad spectrum of stakeholders with an interest in fair sport and should be respected by all courts and adjudicating bodies.
Anti-Doping programmes seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. This intrinsic value is often referred to as "the spirit of sport"; it is the essence of Olympism; it is how we play true. The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, and is characterized by the following values:
• Ethics, fair play and honesty
• Excellence in performance
• Character and education
• Fun and joy
• Dedication and commitment
• Respect for rules and laws
• Respect for self and other participants
• Community and solidarity
Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport.
The ISAF Anti-Doping Code applies to ISAF, each Member National Authority (MNA) of ISAF,and each participant in the activities of ISAF or any of its MNA's by virtue of the participant's membership, accreditation, or participation in ISAF, its MNAs, or their activities or Events.
Doping control is administered in order to uphold the requirement of RRS Fundamental Rule 5.