Tips & Training

the prohibited list

The Prohibited List contains all the substances and methods prohibited in sport.
The List is evaluated, updated, and published every year by WADA. 

See the full 2015 list (in effect January 1, 2015-December 31, 2015) here.

Global Drug Reference Online (Global Dro)

If an athlete needs to take a medication, Global DRO is an easy to use online and mobile enabled resource to search the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current WADA Prohibited List. 

Begin your search here.  Don't forget to print the status for your records!


Questions about your search or need more information?  

Call the USADA Athlete Express/Drug Reference Line at 1-800-233-0393 or 719-785-2000.  Learn more about this valuable resource!


See USADA's Frequently Asked Questions about

Therapeutic Use Exemptions

If an athlete has a legitimate medical need to use a substance or method that is prohibited, the athlete can apply for a TUE, and where appropriate, be provided an exemption to use that method or substance under medical guidance. More information on when and how to apply for a TUE is provided on USADA's website


Learn more about USADA's Therapeutic Use Exemption Policy.




USADA is the non-profit, independent and non-governmental entity responsible for the testing and results management process in the U.S. for athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, upholding the Olympic ideal of fair play, and representing the interests of athletes. USADA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs. The agency manages an Athlete Express phone hotline (719-785-2000) and Global Drug Reference Online (, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as curriculums, themed brochures, nutrition and dietary guides, easy-reference wallet cards for the prohibited substance list, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference publications, all of which can be found at



FINA: International Federation for all Aquatic Sports. Athletes competing in swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming must abide by FINA's rules. FINA's Doping Control Rules:


The World Anti-Doping Agency was created in 1999 to harmonize doping control rules for athletes in all sports and countries.


There are differences between NCAA doping control rules and rules for athletes participating in USA Swimming competitions. Athletes should check with USADA regarding compliance for all USA Swimming/FINA competitions and their NCAA physicians/trainers/coaches regarding NCAA rules.

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