In light of cyber-espionage group Fancy Bear’s cyber-attacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the resulting leaks in top American athletes’ medical information, the WADA has released a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to clarify their therapeutic use exemption policies.
The WADA and all anti-doping organizations across the world allow therapeutic use exemptions so that athletes can get permission to use a prohibited substances or medical procedures in the case of an illness or medical condition.
In order to be granted a therapeutic use exemption by the WADA, four criteria must be met:
- “The athlete would experience significant health problems without taking the prohibited substance or method”
- “The therapeutic use of the substance would not produce significant enhancement of performance”
- “There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative to the use of the otherwise prohibited substance or method”
- “The requirement to use that substance or method is not due to the prior use of the substance or method without a TUE, which was prohibited at the time of use.”
Athletes who are granted an exemption must adhere to strict dosage and administration guidelines, and exemptions are only good for a set period of time.
To learn more about therapeutic use exemptions, see the full FAQs here.