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World Anti-Doping Agency announces changes to its Prohibited List for 2017

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has issued a new Prohibited List of Substances and Methods which will come into effect from 1 January 2017. The WADA List Expert Group reviews the List annually and considers submissions from stakeholders, advancements in science and medical research, information on doping practices etc. A substance or method is added to the List if it meets two of three criteria: it is performanceenhancing, poses a danger to athletes’ health or its use is against the spirit of sport.

Changes of note include the following:

In section 3 Beta-2-agonists: The dosing limit of salbutamol has been further refined to clarify that the full 24-hour dose should not be administered at one time. Inhaled salbutamol is permitted to a maximum of 1,600µg over 24 hours, not to exceed 800µg every 12 hours.

In section 3 Beta-2-agonists: The maximum dose of salmeterol has now been stated as 200µg over 24 hours.

Monitoring Programme: To detect patterns of use, the following have been added to the 2017 Monitoring Programme – the opioid codeine has been added to the programme under in-competition narcotics while the concurrent use of multiple beta-2-agonists has been added to the monitoring programme both in- and out-of competition.

Commenting on the publication of the 2017 WADA List, Dr Una May, Director of Participation and Ethics in Sport Ireland said “It is important that anyone with a role in supporting athletes needs to ensure that they keep themselves up to date at all times in relation to Anti-Doping. MIMS is an essential part of Sport Ireland’s Anti-Doping Prevention and Information programme and provides the necessary information for medical personnel regarding WADA’s Prohibited List.”

The updates to the 2017 List will be reflected in the Sport Ireland Athlete’s wallet cards, MIMS Ireland, the Drugs in Sport Database and the Medication Checker App which allows users to access the live Eirpharm Drugs in Sport Database. More information is available from Sport Ireland at (01) 8608818, fax: (01) 8608860, website:, www. and National Governing Bodies of Sport.

December 2016

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