Please be advised that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released the 2012 Prohibited List, which will come into effect on 1 January 2012. To give you a chance to familiarise yourself with the List, WADA has published it on their website* along with a summary of major modifications and details on the 2012 monitoring program.
The major change to the 2012 List which will affect Australian athletes and support personnel is to inhaled formoterol.
In its announcement of the 2012 List WADA advised that, “The List prohibits the administration of all beta-2 agonists except salbutamol (maximum 1600 micrograms over 24 hours), salmeterol when taken by inhalation, and now formoterol (maximum 36 micrograms taken over 24 hours).”
WADA also has a monitoring program that focuses on substances which are not on the Prohibited List, but which it wishes to monitor in order to detect patterns of misuse in sport. WADA has confirmed that in 2012 it will be monitoring the effects nicotine can have on performance when taken in oral tobacco products such as snus. WADA stressed that it was not the Agency’s intention to target smokers.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) encourages you to be aware of the new List, and also reminds you that it is your responsibility to check the status of any medication prior to use.
You can re-check the status of any medications at any time by referring to the Check Your Substances tool* on the ASADA website. The Check Your Substances tool will be updated to reflect the 2012 changes on 23 December 2011.
More information about the List and anti-doping in general can also be found on ASADA’s:
Twitter page: twitter.com/anti_doping**
YouTube channel: youtube.com/asadavideo
*Website no longer available
**Account no longer active