Tips & Training

the prohibited list

The Prohibited List contains all the substances and methods prohibited in sport.
The List is evaluated, updated, and published every year by WADA. 
See the full 2016 list (in effect January 1, 2016-December 31, 2016) here.


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the 2017 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods along with the 2017 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes, on September 29, 2016. 

Also visit USADA's Summary of the 2017 Changes.


The List - which designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition, and which substances are banned in particular sports - was approved by the Executive Committee on 21 September and comes into force on 1 January 2017.

2016 rules remain the same through December 31, 2016.


Global Drug Reference Online (Global Dro)

If an athlete needs to take a medication, Global DRO is an easy to use online and mobile enabled resource to search the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current WADA Prohibited List. 

Begin your search here.  Don't forget to print the status for your records!


Questions about your search or need more information?  

Call the USADA Athlete Express/Drug Reference Line at 1-800-233-0393 or 719-785-2000.  Learn more about this valuable resource!


See USADA's Frequently Asked Questions about

Therapeutic Use Exemptions

If an athlete has a legitimate medical need to use a substance or method that is prohibited, the athlete can apply for a TUE, and where appropriate, be provided an exemption to use that method or substance under medical guidance. More information on when and how to apply for a TUE is provided on USADA's website


Learn more about USADA's Therapeutic Use Exemption Policy.

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