WADA has published its List of Prohibited Substances and Methods for 2019, which comes into effect January 1. Though there are no major changes over the 2018 list, UK Anti-Doping has compiled a helpful list of reminders that should be on every athlete’s, coach’s and trainer’s radar.

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First, UKAD points out that though there are no major changes to the banned substances themselves, athletes should be aware that items can be added to the list at any time, and further, the list of products containing banned substances is not exhaustive, since most categories include only the most common examples.


Further, UKAD urged extreme care with regard to nutritional supplements, advising athletes to “take a food-first approach to nutrition where possible, as no guarantees can ever be made that a supplement is free from banned substances.” The complete bulletin can be read here


Some highlights:

  • Epiandrosterone, which is contained in certain supplements, is a steroid and is therefore prohibited.
  • Only steroid metabolites known to be used in supplements or as masking agents are given as examples; the list is not exhaustive
  • 4-methylpentan-2-amine has been included as another name for DMBA (dimethylbenza[a]nthracene), which has always been prohibited. Two new examples of substances related to methylhexaneamine have been added
  •  Several new names of prohibited substances (with complex names) have been added
  • Certain section titles have been changed
  • Gene doping has been clarified and the definition extended to include cell doping

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Medications and substances can be checked on the Global DRO website

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