Anti Doping: 2015 Update

2015 Prohibited List released

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released the 2015 Prohibited List which will come into effect on 1 January 2015.

It is important to familiarise yourself with the List to ensure you are ready for the change.  The change of most interest to many athletes is to pseudoephedrine, a substance commonly used to treat nasal and sinus congestion. WADA has removed pseudoephedrine from the 2014 Monitoring Program and it will remain on the Prohibited List. For athletes this means pseudoephedrine concentrations found in urine above 150 microgram per millilitre are prohibited in--competition in all sports. Medications that contain pseudoephedrine like Sudafed, Codral, etc. must be ceased 24 hours prior to competition.   

Other changes for 2015 seek to provide greater clarity to the List, with the majority of amendments being of a technical nature, including re-categorising and improving the terminology of existing substances and methods. 

Further information about the new Prohibited List can be found on the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority website and WADA website.

You can use the Check Your Substances tool on the ASADA website to find out the status of Australian medications.

Find out more on the ARU Anti-Doping Code.

On 15 November 2013, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board approved a revised World Anti-Doping Code (WADA Code), which came effect on 1 January 2015. In terms of ARU Anti-Doping Code (ARU Code) which also came into effect on 1 January 2015, the majority of the changes are mandatory from WADA and they have been reviewed in detail and incorporated into the updated version of World Rugby Regulation 21 by the World Rugby Anti-Doping Advisory Committee.

The updated ARU Code has been completely restructured to conform with the WADA Model Rules. This was WADA's preference so that layout and numbering are consistent across sports and ASADA which will in turn assist rugby judicial committees when considering persuasive precedent cases from other bodies, as the provisions should be similarly numbered and phrased to make comparisons easier and hopefully increase consistency across sport.

ASADA e-Learning is a new free and easy to use online Education tool developed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).This online Education tool will make it easier for the Australian Rugby community to "Get Educated" on anti-doping.

What is ASADA e-Learning?

The core six 15-minute modules, called Pure Performance Online provides you with the opportunity to learn about the key areas of anti-doping. It covers topics such as prohibited substances and methods, therapeutic use exemptions, doping control and whereabouts.

A further 15-minute module is also available for those who want to be a Pure Performance Supporter. A supporter will be provided with information and resources to champion anti-doping messages in their sporting community.

For those who already have experience in facilitation, training or in education they will be able to complete a further 15-minute module ASADA’s Pure Performance Facilitator. A facilitator will be provided with information and resources to run anti-doping education sessions within their community.

To become a Pure Performance Supporter, or Facilitator you need to complete the six 15-minute Pure Performance Online modules and then request the additional modules through ASADA e-Learning.

How do I "Get Educated"?

Anyone can "Get Educated" by visiting

ASADA's Pure Performance Online Interactive Program, includes:

  • Self-Registration into the program via ASADA e-learning portal and then commence Program.
  • ASADA will maintain accurate up to date records of the names of who completes the Program.
  • Online Program to be completed annually starting 2011 and biannually with a Fast-Track refresher.

We need your help to let everyone know about ASADA e-Learning.

Keep Rugby Clean

International Rugby Board’s (IRB) interactive Anti-Doping website aims to educate and inform the global Rugby community on Anti-Doping procedure and best-practice. features all the latest Anti-doping information and news, video and interactive elements as well as testimonies from Keep Rugby Clean ambassadors.

The website is in a user-friendly format and provides a valuable resource for athletes, administrators, physicians as well as the general public.