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1 January 2009, 09:00 am
2009 WADA Prohibited List Published
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The 2009 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is now available to view via the ISAF Medical and Anti-Doping microsite at
The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and is the International Standard identifying Substances and Methods prohibited in sport. The 2009 Prohibited List came into effect on 1 January 2009.

Anti-Doping Rules, like competition rules, are sport rules governing the conditions under which sport is played. The ISAF Anti-Doping Code can found in ISAF Regulation 21 (go to for more details).

Click here to view the 2009 Prohibited List.

Click here to view a summary of major modifications between the 2008 Prohibited List and 2009 Prohibited List.

What is the Prohibited List?

The Prohibited List (List) was first published in 1963 under the leadership of the International Olympic Committee. Since 2004, as mandated by the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), the WADA is responsible for the preparation and publication of the List.

The List is a cornerstone of the Code and a key component of harmonization. It is an International Standard identifying Substances and Methods prohibited in-competition, out-of-competition, and in particular sports.

Substances and methods are classified by categories (e.g., steroids, stimulants, gene doping).

The use of any Prohibited Substance by an athlete for medical reasons is possible by virtue of a Therapeutic Use Exemption.

World Anti-Doping Code Revisions

ISAF follows the WADA World Anti-Doping Code and adopts and implements its rules under the ISAF Anti-Doping Code, contained in ISAF Regulation 21 (

Revisions to the World Anti-Doping Code and its related International Standards for Testing, Laboratories and Therapeutic Use Exemptions, as well as the 2009 Prohibited List and the new International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information come into force on 1 January 2009.

These amended anti-doping rules will help further strengthen anti-doping programs worldwide, including by providing for an increase of sanctions in doping cases involving aggravating circumstances in all sports.

The 2009 Code and Standards, and Q&As highlighting key amendments, can be found on the WADA website here.

The latest issue of WADA's flagship magazine, Play True, also focuses on these amendments. Click here to download a copy of Play True.

For more details on the Prohibited List, the Registered Testing Pool, Therapeutic Use Exemption and other anti-doping issues, visit the ISAF Medical and Anti-Doping microsite -

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