ANTI-DOPING TESTING

TESTING

The aim of Testing is to detect and deter doping among Athletes to protect clean Athletes. Any Athlete under the testing jurisdiction of the IFBB may be tested at any time, with no advance notice, in-competition or out-of-competition, and be required to provide a urine and/or blood Sample .

AUTHORITY TO TEST

All athletes affiliated with a National Federation of Bodybuilding affiliated to IFBB shall be subject to In-Competition testing by IFBB or any other Anti-Doping Organization responsible for testing at a competition or event in which they participate.

The IFBB can request that a National Anti-Doping Organization, a Regional Anti-Doping Organization, or a private Service Provider to act as a Sample Collection Authority and conduct testing on its behalf. The Sample Collection Authority then assigns certified Sample Collection Personnel to conduct the testing.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR IFBB TESTING

The IFBB is responsible for overseeing all testing conducted by IFBB. Tests will only be conducted by qualified Doping Control Officers who have been authorized by the IFBB.

SELECTION OF ATHLETES TO BE TESTED

At International events, the IFBB Anti-Doping Commission shall determine the number of tests to be performed. Athletes can be selected by random selection, by placing or through target test.

THE STAGES OF THE ANTI-DOPING TEST

  • A urine or blood sample can be collected on an athlete anytime and anywhere for doping control;
  • The athlete will be notified by a doping control officer (DCO) or chaperone appointed for the doping control;
  • The athlete will be asked to sign a form confirming that he/she understands his/her rights and responsibilities;
  • The athlete will report to the doping control station as soon as possible;
  • The athlete will choose a collection vessel from the selection provided;
  • The athlete will provide a minimum amount of 90 ml of urine;
  • The athlete will disrobe from knees to navel and from his/her hands to elbow to provide an unobstructed view of the passing of the sample;
  • A DCO or chaperone (of the same gender as the athlete) will observe the athlete during the sample production;
  • The athlete will choose a sample collection kit from the selection provided. He/she will split the sample in the A and B bottles. Start by pouring urine up to the line in the B bottle and then fill the A bottle and leave a small portion in the collection vessel;
  • The athlete must seal the A and B bottles;
  • The DCO will measure the specific gravity of the sample to ensure it is not too diluted to analyze. If it is too diluted, the athlete may be required to provide additional samples;
  • The athlete will complete the doping control form by:
    • Providing personal information;
    • Noting any substances, he/she may be taking, prescription medication, over the counter medication and supplements;
    • Noting concerns or comments, if he/she has any, about the doping control;
    • Confirming the information, recorded numbers and sample code are correct;
    • Signing and receiving his/her copy of the doping control form.
  • Samples will be sent to a WADA accredited laboratory in strict confidentiality and will be tracked to ensure their security;
  • The A sample will be analyzed and the B sample will be securely stored for further testing if required. The laboratory will send the results to the responsible anti-doping organization (ADO) and WADA.

If you are selected for testing, you can learn how is the procedure by downloading the IFBB Pocket Guide for Doping Control . You can also watch WADA’s video guide: WADA Doping Control video

WHEN CAN THE ATHLETE BE TESTED?

Testing can take place anytime/anywhere, and either in-competition or out-of-competition.

WHERE DOES THE ATHLETE’S SAMPLE GO?

All urine and/or blood samples are shipped and analyzed at World Anti-Doping Agency Accredited Laboratories (WADA accredited Laboratories), as required under the World Anti-Doping Code.

REGISTERED TESTING POOL (RTP)

Registered Testing Pool is the pool of highest-priority athletes established at the international level by IFBB and at the national level by National Anti-Doping Organizations, who are subject to focused in-competition and out-of-competition testing.

The IFBB maintains a Registered Testing Pool of those athletes who are required to provide up-to-date whereabouts information. Each athlete in the RTP must file reports to the IFBB specifying on a daily basis where and when he or she will be. This has to be done through the WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).

WHAT DO REGISTERED TESTING POOL ATHLETES NEED TO KNOW?

For full Information about the ADAMS system, please consult:

WHO IS INCLUDED?

Very few athletes are in the Registered Testing Pool (RTP), according to the chart below, and need to provide accurate and current whereabouts information. International Federations and National Anti-Doping Organizations are responsible for determining if the athlete is required to provide whereabouts information or not.

REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR ATHLETES INCLUDED IN A REGISTERED POOL TESTING:

  • Home address;
  • Training information and locations;
  • Competition schedules;
  • Regular personal activities such as work or school.

For those athletes included in a RTP, one 60-minute time period a day, where they will be available for testing, must also be provided. Remembering that all athletes can still be tested anytime and anywhere. However, for RTP athletes, a missed test may be recorded if the athlete is unavailable during the declared 60-minute window.

ADAMS ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

The Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS) is a Web-based database management system that simplifies the daily activities of all stakeholders and athletes involved in the anti-doping system.

ADAMS is easy to use, it is also free for WADA’s stakeholders allowing them to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the fight against doping in sport. ADAMS’ multi-level access system protects the security and confidentiality of data. It facilitates the sharing of information amongst relevant organizations and promotes efficiency, transparency and effectiveness in all anti-doping activities.

IFBB encourages the use of WADA’s ADAMS system of athlete’s whereabouts administration. It remains the responsibility of the athlete to provide accurate whereabouts information.

ATHLETE BIOLOGICAL PASSPORT

The biological passport is the program and methods of gathering and collecting data as described in the International Standard for Testing and Investigations and International Standard for Laboratories.

Athlete biological passport is an anti-doping technique introduced by WADA which consists in tracking the athlete’s blood parameters over time. The athlete incurs disqualification for doping in the event that abnormal and unjustified trends of these parameters are detected with respect to the typical profile of the athlete.

Those information, including whereabouts shall be maintained in strict confidence at all times; shall be used exclusively for purposes of planning, coordinating or conducting Doping Control, providing information relevant to the Athlete Biological Passport or other analytical results, to support an investigation into a potential anti-doping rule violation, or to support proceedings alleging an anti-doping rule violation; and shall be destroyed after it is no longer relevant for these purposes in accordance with the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information