2018 WADA Prohibited List

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published a new list of prohibited substances and methods, which comes into effect in all UEFA competitions on 1 January 2018.


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published a new list of prohibited substances and methods, which comes into effect in all UEFA competitions on 1 January 2018.

The Prohibited List specifies substances and methods prohibited in sport. Implementation of the List is mandatory for organisations that have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code.

The 2018 list contains several changes compared to the 2017 list. The document Summary of modifications lists them all, but the main ones are as follows:

Substances and methods prohibited at all times (in- and out-of-competition)
S2: Peptide hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics
• For clarity and accuracy, Section S2 was reorganised.
• Cobalt: It is re-iterated that vitamin B12, which contains cobalt, is not prohibited.

S3: Beta-2 Agonists
• Dosing parameters of salbutamol were revised to make it clear that divided doses of salbutamol may not exceed 800 micrograms over any 12 hours.
• Tulobuterol was added as an example.
• The statement on the urinary thresholds was improved.

S5: Diuretics and masking agents
• In consideration of the information published in scientific articles since 2012 that particularly addresses the ability of glycerol to influence the athlete‘s plasma volume and parameters of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), the magnitude of glycerol-derived effects is regarded as minimal. Therefore, glycerol has been removed from the Prohibited List. 

Prohibited Methods
M2: Chemical and physical manipulation
• M2.2: the permitted volume and timing of intravenous infusions were changed from infusions of no more than 50 mL per 6-hour period to no more than a total of 100 mL per 12-hour period in order to allow greater flexibility for the safe administration of non-prohibited therapeutic substances, for example, iron.
• To reflect medical practice, “hospital admissions” has been changed to “hospital treatments” and “clinical investigations” has been clarified as “clinical diagnostic investigations”.
• Players are reminded that intravenous infusions and/or injections of any substance in excess of 100mL per 12-hour period will be prohibited at all times in 2018, except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital treatments, surgical procedures, or clinical diagnostic investigations. This includes infusions of substances that are otherwise not prohibited, such as saline solution or sterile water.
• If more than 100mL of a non-prohibited substance is infused or injected over a 12-hour period without a concurrent hospital treatment, surgical procedure or clinical diagnostic investigation, a TUE request must be submitted for this prohibited method.
• If a prohibited substance is administered via IV infusion or injection, a TUE request must be submitted for the prohibited substance regardless of the volume of the infusion or the setting/circumstances under which it is administered.

Substances and methods prohibited in-competition
S6: Stimulants
• 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine was added as an example of prohibited stimulants. This substance is also known as 1,3-DMBA, or simply DMBA, and can be found in dietary supplements. Players should always be particularly vigilant when considering using dietary or nutritional supplements.

S8: Cannabinoids
• The category Cannabimimetics, e.g. “Spice, JWH-018, JWH-073, HU210” was changed to “synthetic cannabinoids, e.g. Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabimimetics”. The synthetic cannabinoids are one of the main classes of novel psychoactive substances that have constantly emerging new drugs and changing availability. The previous list of examples continues to be prohibited, but are currently used less commonly. “Other cannabimimetics” replaced these examples.
• Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited. Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.

S9: Glucocorticoids
• Examples of commonly used glucocorticoids were added for greater clarity.