This guide is intended to provide practical guidance on how the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List may affect an athlete. This guide is not intended to be exhaustive, or a substitute for the Prohibited List, and therefore should be read in conjunction with the Prohibited List.
Ultimately, the athlete is solely responsible for the substances in his or her body and the methods used to administer those substances. Athlete support personnel are also liable for anti-doping rule violations if determined to be complicit.
Further information on the topics contained in this guide can be obtained by consulting the references and resources below.
- The 2019 Prohibited List can be downloaded.
- A Summary of Major Changes pertaining to the 2019 Prohibited List is available here.
- UFC Global DRO (UFC.GlobalDRO.com) is a searchable online database of medications that details the prohibited and permitted status of relevant medications available in Australia, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- Consulte a Lista is a searchable drug database provided by the Brazilian Anti-Doping Agency. This link is provided as a resource only for the prohibited status of Brazilian medication in accordance with the WADA Prohibited List. USADA makes no endorsements or guarantees regarding the accuracy of the information found in this resource.
- Contact USADA’s Drug Reference Department for questions on Therapeutic Use Exemptions at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the status of medications at email@example.com.
- Determine if you need a TUE.
Notes: USADA does not provide medical advice or recommendations. An athlete should make all treatment-related decisions with his/her physician in consultation with the Prohibited List.
USADA, along with the UFC Global DRO website, only provides the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List permitted or prohibited status of specific ingredients and medications. USADA does not comment on the permitted or prohibited status of dietary supplement products. Make sure to also check your medications with the relevant Athletic Commission(s) as they may prohibit some medications and methods that are permitted by WADA, and vice versa.
An athlete is not permitted to use any prohibited substance or method unless a valid Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) has been issued by USADA, and the TUE is either formally recognized by, or also issued by the relevant Athletic Commission or Commissions.