Key changes in WADA’s 2018 Prohibited List: IVs & Gene Doping

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Published: Friday, 13 October 2017. Written by Philip Hutchinson No Comments

On 29 September 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (the Prohibited List),1 which will come into force on 1 January 2018. They have also published a Summery of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes2.

The key reason for the announcement (and indeed publication) of the 2018 Prohibited List some three months prior to it coming into force is to ensure that all stakeholders, athletes and other individuals working in sport have sufficient time to familiarise themselves with the List and the modifications to it. Indeed, WADA President Sir Craig Reedie has publically urged that

"all athletes and entourage take the necessary time to consult the List" and appealed to them to "contact their respecting anti-doping organisations (ADOs) if they have any doubts as to the status of a substance or method."3

Given the enhanced media spotlight on doping in sport over the previous twelve months, these comments by Sir Reedie will hopefully go some way to ensuring that education around anti-doping for athletes and their "entourages" remain high on the agenda of all sports across the world.

This article briefly summarises the key modifications and changes in the 2018 Prohibited List.

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Philip Hutchinson

Philip Hutchinson

Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve

Phil is a Senior Associate at Mills & Reeve LLP specialising in sports litigation and sports regulatory matters, with a particular focus on the football industry. Phil has worked on a number of high profile integrity/match fixing and doping cases across a variety of sports and also regularly advises football clubs, agents and players on transfers, most notably where work permits are required. He also has extensive experience in representing agents, players and managers in both the High Court and FA Rule K arbitration cases. Phil is the only individual in the West Midlands to be ranked as a “Next Generation Sports Lawyer” (Legal 500 2019) and a “Rising Star” (Legal 500 2020), who also describe him as “emerging as a confident and capable litigator”. Phil speaks German and is also a member of the Sport Resolutions Pro Bono Panel.

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