Understanding the Testing Process
Testing is an important part of any effective anti-doping program, and the area that most often comes to mind when thinking about anti-doping. From test planning and collection of a urine or blood sample, through the results managements process, USADA provides a thorough program, with policies and procedures in accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.
Any UFC athlete may be subject to urine and/or blood collection(s) both in- and out-of-competition. Athletes may also be subject to additional testing by Athletic Commissions or other Anti-Doping Organizations not governed by the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.
Whereabouts is information that allows an athlete to be located for out-of-competition testing. Athletes can be tested 365 days a year without advance notice. Athletes are required to inform USADA of their daily regular schedule and must report any changes.
THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTIONS
In some situations, an athlete may have an illnesses or condition that requires the use of medication listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List. USADA can grant a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in these situations in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency International Standard for TUEs. The TUE application process is thorough and designed to balance the need to provide athletes access to critical medication while protecting the rights of clean athletes to complete on a level playing field.
USADA is responsible for the results management process for UFC athletes, which includes informing athletes of the results of their drug tests and managing any potential anti-doping policy violations in accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.
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Important Testing Documents
Test distribution planning
Any athlete competing in a UFC Bout may be subject to testing for all prohibited substances and methods, including those that are prohibited only in-competition. “In-competition” is defined as the period commencing at noon on the day prior to the Fight Card on which a Bout is contested and ending upon the completion of the post-Bout sample of specimen collection.