Clean Sport

FEI CLEAN SPORT UPDATES - 23 January 2015  

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to the changes in the Human and Equine Anti-Doping Rules
  • FEI Anti-Doping rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA)
  • WADA's Prohibited List (Humans)
  • FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMR)
  • FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List
  • Supplements
  • New Worldwide FEI Equine and Human Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Program - Clarification

INTRODUCTION TO THE CHANGES IN THE HUMAN AND EQUINE ANTI-DOPING RULES

The World Anti-Doping Code 2015 has been substantially revised, resulting in a new version, effective 1 January 2015. To comply with the WADA Code, the FEI’s equine and human anti-doping rules have been significantly amended and approved by the FEI General Assembly. This FEI Update outlines the key changes made to the rules and some of the resulting practical implications. In addition, WADA has published a useful reference guide for Athletes  and Athletes are encouraged to consult this.
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FEI ANTI-DOPING RULES FOR HUMAN ATHLETE (ADRHA)

  • The changes made to the ADRHA are substantial and affect Athletes directly: increase of the “base level” sanction for most anti-doping offences (from a 2 year to 4 year period of Ineligibility); introduction of a new offence (“Prohibited Association”); expansion of the definition of some of the existing offences… It is essential that Athletes are aware of the new rules.
    The new rules are published on the FEI’s Clean Sport Anti-Doping Athletes/ADRHA page. 
  • Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) applications: TUEs granted by National Anti-Doping Organisations are not automatically valid for international-level competition and it is therefore necessary to apply to the FEI for recognition.
    If an Athlete needs a TUE and does not already have a TUE granted by his/her National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO), he/she must apply directly to the FEI.
    More on TUE applications
  • Dietary and nutritional supplements: Warning
    In many countries, the manufacturing and labelling of dietary supplements is very loosely regulated. It is not unusual for supplements marketed in health-food stores or over the Internet to contain prohibited substances that are not disclosed on the product label. Over the past few years, a significant number of positive tests have been attributed to mislabelled or contaminated supplements.
    Athletes will be held strictly liable for the consequences of a positive test caused by a mislabelled supplement, therefore extreme caution is recommended regarding supplement use.
  • Summary of Key Rule Changes effective as 1 January 2015
  • The ADRHA have been significantly amended in order to comply with the new World Anti-Doping Code 2015. The key changes are summarised below.
    Increase of “base level” sanction for most anti-doping offences from a 2 year to 4 year period of Ineligibility. 
    Whereabouts Failures: 3 failures must occur in 12 months (instead of 18 months) for it to be considered an ADRHA offence.
    Offence of “Tampering” expanded to include intentionally interfering or attempting to interfere with a Doping Control Official, providing fraudulent information to an Anti-Doping Organization, or intimidating or attempting to intimidate a potential witness.
    Offence of “Complicityexpanded to include “assisting” and “conspiring” as types of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation. 

  • New offence of “Prohibited Association”, making it an offence for an Athlete to associate with an Athlete Support Person who is currently serving a period of ineligibility for a violation of anti-doping rules or who has been convicted or otherwise found to be guilty of a serious doping offence (provided that the Athlete has been informed of this). 
  • Automatic Disqualification: Upon a request from the Athlete or the FEI, the FEI Tribunal can decide to apply the disqualification from the relevant event as soon as the B Sample analysis confirms the A Sample analysis. 
  • Reduced Sanctions where Athlete can establish No Significant Fault for an Adverse Analytical Finding involving a Contaminated Product. 
  • Return to Training: Athlete allowed to return to training no later than 2 months before period of Ineligibility expires
  • Non-cooperation: Failure by an Athlete or an Athlete Support Person (coach, trainer, manager, agent, team staff, official, medical personnel etc.) to cooperate with an FEI anti-doping investigation would be an offence. 
  • Deadline to Appeal a decision of FEI Tribunal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on an ADRHA matter: reduced from 30 days to 21 days.
       
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WADA's PROHIBITED LIST (HUMANS)

Athletes must ensure that they are familiar with the WADA Prohibited List 2015 which is available here.
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FEI EQUINE ANTI-DOPING AND CONTROLLED MEDICATION REGULATIONS (EADCMR)

Summary of Key Rule Changes effective as 1 January 2015

The new rules are published here.
Important: It remains the case that the Person Responsible (PR) shall be the Athlete who rides, vaults or drives the Horse during an Event. The Owner and other Support Personnel (such as, for example, a trainer) may be regarded as additional Persons Responsible but this does not relieve the Athlete of responsibility for compliance with the EADCMR. Endurance Athletes in particular should note that, even since the introduction of the new Endurance Rules in August 2014, an Endurance Athlete remains the PR under the EADCMR.
Although the periods of ineligibility have not been changed, several other significant changes, set out below, have been made to the EADCMR.
Offence of “Tampering” expanded to include intentionally interfering or attempting to interfere with a Doping Control Official, providing fraudulent information to an Anti-Doping Organization, or intimidating or attempting to intimidate a potential witness.

Offence of “Complicityexpanded to include “assisting” and “conspiring” as types of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation.
Clarification that the PR has overall Responsibility to ensure that if their horse is selected for sampling, all sampling requirements are met (even if responsibility is delegated to another person). Evading Sample Collection is also now a specific offence.

New offence of “Prohibited Association”, making it an offence for a PR to associate with a support person who is currently serving a period of ineligibility for a violation of anti-doping rules or who has been convicted or otherwise found to be guilty of a serious doping offence (provided that the PR has been informed of this).

Possibility for the PR (at any time during the proceedings) to admit the violation, waive a hearing and accept the sanctions offered by the FEI (applicable in all EAD and CMR cases, not just Administrative Procedure).

  • Automatic Disqualification: Upon a request from the PR or the FEI, the FEI Tribunal can decide to apply the disqualification from the relevant event as soon as the B Sample analysis confirms the A Sample analysis. 
  • Confirmation that No Fault or Negligence does not apply where the presence of the Banned/Controlled Medication Substance in a Sample came from a mislabelled or contaminated supplement or was administered by a vet or member of support personnel
  • Reduced Sanctions where PR can establish No Significant Fault for an Adverse Analytical Finding involving a Contaminated Product
  • Prompt Admission of the offences of Evasion or Tampering may result in the period of Ineligibility being reduced by half. 
  • Return to Training: PR allowed to return to training no later than 2 months before period of Ineligibility expires
  • Non-cooperation: Failure by a PR or a member of support personnel (coach, trainer, manager, agent, team staff, official, medical personnel etc.) to cooperate with an FEI anti-doping investigation would be an offence. 
  • Deadline to Appeal a decision of FEI Tribunal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on an EADCMR matter: reduced from 30 days to 21 days.
       
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FEI EQUINE PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES LIST

Persons Responsible must also ensure that they, their veterinarians and other Support Personnel are familiar with the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List which is available here.
Please note that the following additions and changes to the Equine Prohibited List came into effect on 1 January 2015:
New Controlled Medications:                                  New Banned Substances:
- Caffeine                                                                  - Venoms and their derivatives
- Oxycotin
- Vanillyl Butyl Ether
Reclassified Substances (Moved to Controlled Medications Section of the List):
- Benzydamine
- Sotalol 
Substances now requiring a Veterinary Form
- Cyclosporine implants (Controlled Medication) (Veterinary Form 2 Required)
For more information on the above additions and changes please read our latest
news of 19 January 2015.
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SUPPLEMENTS

All Persons Responsible are advised to read the FEI’s Warning Regarding the Administration of Supplements to Horses – available on the Clean Sport section of the FEI Website (click on the FEI Warning Re.Supplement use button).

As advised in the latest version of the FEI Veterinary Regulations, it is recommended to keep a logbook listing all supplements administered to FEI Horses including all details such as date of administration, dose, place of administration (location), official product name and relevant batch number. Logbooks can be obtained from the FEI Veterinary Department.
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NEW WORLDWIDE FEI EQUINE AND HUMAN ANTI-DOPING AND CONTROLLED MEDICATION PROGRAM - CLARIFICATION

The Worldwide FEI Equine and Human Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Program fees approved at the FEI General Assembly in Baku (AZE) will be applicable as of 1 January 2016 only.
The approved Financial Charges 2016 are as follows:

Financial Charges for the year 2016 (all amounts in Swiss francs)

(Replaces point 5 integrally)
 5. Fee for Worldwide Equine and Human Anti-Doping Program
(Applicable for all FEI Events Worldwide) 
Lower Level Events (CIMs)
(For definition see Appendix E of the FEI General Regulations)
CHF 18.00 per horse per event (for Driving per driver per event) 
Higher Level Events 
All other events not defined as CIM)
CHF 25.00 per horse per event (for Driving per driver per event) 
OCs/NFs have the right to charge the competitors the above mentioned fee.
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Update from WADA dated 1st January 2015

Changes to the World Anti-Doping Code for 2015 

Changes to the World Anti-Doping Code for 2015 came into effect on 1 January 2015. It is critical that all athletes (competing at both a national and international level) and their support personnel and partners appreciate that the anti-doping system applies to them and ensure that they are fully aware of the changes made in the 2015 Code.

 The document of Key Changes to the 2015 Code is housed on the UK Anti-Doping 2015 Code microsite; to visit the site click here: http://www.ukad.org.uk/2015-code   

It is extremely important that you update yourself on the changes by visiting the site.  

You are solely responsible for banned substances for any banned substance you use or attempt to sue or is found in your system regardless of how it got there and whether there was an intention to cheat or not.

The minimum sanction for deliberate cheating is now 4 years and there is less leniency for carelessness – you are more likely to receive a 2 year ban for inadvertent doping. 

There are two new Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV) to be aware of: 

New ADRV: Complicity - If you help to cover up, are involved in, or support someone else to avoid being detected for an ADRV, you may be banned

New ADRV: Prohibited Association - If you ‘associate’ with a person such as a coach, doctor or physio who is either banned for doping, or has been sanctioned in some other way for similar behaviour, you will be required to stop that association. If you refuse, then you may be banned 

Key information for athletes, including a breakdown of the key World Anti-Doping Code Changes can be located via: http://www.ukad.org.uk/2015-code-athletes  

UKAD have pulled together a useful Frequently Asked Questions document, which highlights key changes and the implementation timeline, the FAQs can be found at: http://www.ukad.org.uk/2015-code-faq 

The Code is frequently revised to better protect clean athletes around the world; it is the internationally agreed set of anti-doping rules that apply to all athletes, in all countries that are Signatories to the Code.  

Further information can be found at: www.wada-ama.org or if you have a general enquiry, please contact UKAD ukad@ukad.org.uk

 

Clean Sport:

 Anti-Doping; Prohibited Substances & Methods; Testing & Sanctions; Controlled Medications & Exempted Therapeutic Uses; Reporting

Anti-Doping

Endurance GB is committed (see EGB Handbook) to the principles and practises of Clean Sport. It requires it’s Members (including Associate and temporary day members), and all persons assisting them, participating in the sport of endurance riding, anywhere in the World, to comply with clean sport Rules and Regulations. These are the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Rules (BEFAR), and the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs), Veterinary Regulations (VRs) and Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADHRA). Additionally, BEF and FEI rules and regulations for human athletes are guided by requirements of UK Anti-Doping Ltd (UKAD) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

 

Sadly, the legacy of all sport is severely damaged, and the integrity of athletes and trainers has been undermined, by the use of performance-enhancing drugs, doping and evasions. The purpose of EGB, BEF and FEI clean sport Rules and Regulations is to ensure that the normal performance of horse and human athlete participating in endurance riding is not affected, deliberately or unintentionally, by the influence of drugs, medications or veterinary or medical procedures; that is, to ensure that all spectators and participants are confident that the competition is fair and that the results reflect the integrity of all the athletes who compete. These principles apply to all levels of horse and rider ability and participation in endurance riding, as for other sports, and are typified by the UKAD’s pure sport, true talent 100%me initiative:                      See: 100% me

 

 

The legal rules and regulations of clean sport are technical and can be quite confusing for the lay-person participating in endurance riding, and are made more difficult because there are rules applying to both horse and rider. The guidance provided here to EGB members attempts to avoid legal jargon or confusing concepts, as far as possible. It explains what you really need to know, but, the health-warning is, that is not all there is to know. Links to source information are provided, for further detailed and specific reference. UKAD’s website has a helpful human athlete anti-doping glossary:   see:  UKAD

                     

 

The rider, the human athlete in our sport, has a responsibility to know, understand, and follow the relevant rules and regulations – BEFAR, EADCMRs, VRs and ADHRA. As the rider, you are the Person Responsible (PR) for yourself AND the horse and will be held accountable for any regulation violation of that combination that occurs when you are competing together. This is true even if you are riding a borrowed, or hired, horse, or if your horse is trained and cared for by a third party (e.g. a trainer). Therefore, you need to be very careful about who you trust to care for your horses and who you trust to treat your horses. In the case of a borrowed, or hired, horse, you should make sure you are comfortable with the horse’s treating history before competing with it. In the case of a horse trained and cared for by a third party, the third party may be held responsible, with you but not instead of you. In the case of a rider who is under 18, their parent or legal guardian will be the Person Responsible on their behalf, however the young person will still be eliminated from the relevant competition in the event of a breached rule or regulation. (Note. The principle of the rider having primary responsibility was upheld by the FEI’s Endurance Strategic Planning Group in February 2014.)

 

Prohibited Substances & Methods

The equine and human anti-doping rules and regulations, cited above, refer to Prohibited Substances (and Methods) Lists. These are substances and procedures that are not allowed in or for a competing rider or horse. The Lists are reviewed and updated on an annual basis, and new substances and methods may be added at any time, with a compliance lag period of 90 days. Substances and methods may be removed as well as added to Lists, and in the case of human anti-doping some prohibitions are sport-specific (e.g. alcohol) for which named sports may be added and removed.

 

The human anti-doping Prohibited List is maintained by WADA and adopted/cited by national and international governing bodies in their own regulations. Members may access the most up-to-date version:

 

                        See: WADA prohibited list

 

The List is split into 3 sections, substances prohibited in and out of competition, substances prohibited in competition only, and substances prohibited in particular sports only.

 

The equine anti-doping Prohibited Substances List is maintained by FEI and adopted/cited by national governing bodies in their regulations. Members may access the most up-to-date version:

                        See: FEI clean sport

 

Again, the List is split into 2 groups, banned substances which are prohibited in and out of competition, and controlled substances which are medications prohibited in competition only. The list is not comprehensive in respect of banned or controlled methods (for example, administration of certain substances or gases by nebulisation or inhalation) during competition. These are detailed in the FEI Veterinary Regulations (Chapters V and VI), which members may access:

                        See: FEI regulations

 

Both Lists of prohibited substances detailed above include the following wording:

 “Including any other substance with a similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s).”

These are substances not specifically named on the Lists. The purpose is to prevent administration of substances that are practically identical to existing named prohibited substances, particularly in their effect(s). However, members are advised that the chemical constituents and structure of many natural (plant) preparations is not identified, and caution should be exercised when administering them. Valerian, or a preparation from it, is an example, as one of its chemical constituents is Valerenic Acid which is a controlled substance, as a tranquiliser. The Lists mostly identify substances by their chemical name which may not be identified specifically on all products, but even this is complicated because some substances have more than one chemical name.

 

 

If members have any doubts about the standing of a substance within the Lists, online enquiries may be made. For substances that may be included in the WADA List, the first point of reference is Global Drug Reference Online:

 

                        See: Global DRO

 

And, for substances that may be included in the FEI List, the point of reference is:

 

                        See: FEI Clean sport

 

 

These difficulties do present some problems because all anti-doping regulations put the Person Responsible, i.e. the rider, as strictly liable for any breach. This means that is a violation whether or not they intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly, used a prohibited substance or were negligent or otherwise at fault. There have been well-publicised cases in the equestrian world, where a horse has tested positive for a prohibited substance as a result of contaminated feed. One of which many members will be aware involved an EGB member; although the disciplinary suspension was dismissed, the liability was not.

 

To reduce the risk of an unintentional or unknowing breach of equine anti-doping regulations, the BEF and veterinarians (including EGB members) advise riders, owners and trainers to:

Keep a medical record for all horses for whom you have responsibility. BEF recommends that you keep a Medication Logbook to record all Controlled Medications given (see section below on Controlled Medications). Ask the treating veterinarian and those caring for the horse(s) to document in writing all treatments administered to the horse stating date, time, substance(s) administered, dose, route (e.g. intravenous) as well as the name and qualifications of the veterinarian. An example/template of a Medication Log Book can be downloaded:                   See: National anti doping

Bear in mind the possible contamination of feed by prohibited substances and discuss this with your feed supplier. Avoid buying products in retail outlets for which specifications are unclear or from retailers you do not know very well. This warning also applies to herbal products and feed additives. Keep a record (and, to be completely secure, a sample) of all feed and additives provided to your horse(s), including date ranges, supplier, producer, product name and reference code, and batch number/date of manufacture.

Ensure that your horse has clean bedding and that the bedding could not have been contaminated by another horse. There is evidence that some drugs excreted in a horse’s urine can be re-ingested if the horse eats its bedding (particularly straw), and this may also apply to pastures grazed by treated horses.

If a horse receives medication make sure that the medicines administered cannot spread to competition horses in adjacent stables/paddocks. Isoxsuprine (a treatment sometimes used for navicular disease and laminitis) is one example of a well-known contaminating substance. If a horse is treated, do not subsequently stable a competition horse in the same box without thoroughly cleaning it. Do not feed or water a horse from a bucket used for giving medications to another horse. Remove all feed and water, which may be contaminated, from common competition areas, e.g. vet-gate and venue hold areas.

 

Testing & Sanctions

In principle, the BEF’s BEFAR and FEI’s EADCMRs and ADHRA rules enable all horses and riders registered with the FEI, or BEF and EGB to be dope-tested In-Competition and Out-of-Competition. Testing will usually require provision of both blood and urine samples. The In-Competition provisions include all horses and riders that are entered and present, whether competing or not, at an International Event, National Event or Competition. Horses and riders may be tested at any time In-Competition from arrival at the Event venue to half an hour after the announcement of the final results of the last competition at the Event/Competition. Out-of-Competition testing is always intelligence-led, and may be requested at any time.

 

However, Endurance GB members will be concerned about how these rules are interpreted and implemented in practice. That is:

For all Pleasure, Charity and Fun Rides, whether run under EGB or not, horses and riders are excluded from the In-Competition rules.

Reasonably, in equestrian sport the horse is the focus of testing under anti-doping regulation.

And, with limited resources, the focus of horse and rider testing is on elite competition.

The table below summarises current dope-testing practice in equestrian sports, but members are cautioned that this practice is subject to change.

 

EVENT TYPE

IN-COMPETITION TESTING OF:

OUT-OF-COMPETITION TESTING

HORSE

RIDER

HORSE & RIDER

FEI Ride

Winners in major

Events, medal winners in Championships, and at least 1 from each medal-winning Team

Random testing, agreed by FEI/Ride Officials

Intelligence-led only

Random testing, agreed by Ride Officials

Targeted testing, at the request of the Ground Jury

Targeted testing, at the request of the Ground Jury

EGB GER/CER

Random testing, decided by BEF Officials

Never

Targeted testing, at the request of Ride Officials

Pleasure/Charity/

Fun Rides

Never

Never

Riders are expected to comply promptly with any request for testing under anti-doping rules for themselves or their horse, and failure to do so or provide the required sample(s) may be recorded as a violation. If your horse is selected for testing, it is important that you, the rider, accompany and observe the horse throughout the testing procedure. (Minors must be accompanied by a nominated representative over the age of 18.) Riders and/or their representatives who witness the testing are the only persons who can testify later about the procedures and whether they were conducted according to the rules. Similar principles apply if the rider is to be tested, and the rider should nominate a representative to witness sample collection, where appropriate. You have the right to request that the test material be replaced, during the sampling procedures, if you have any doubts about the sampling or the integrity of the samples taken.

 

Full details of the sampling and testing protocols are provided in the FEI’s EADCMRs and ADHRA rules. But, members are advised that these are subject to regular revision, so please keep up-to-date.

 

By far the majority of samples collected - equine and human – do test negative for prohibited substances, because the majority of equine and human participants in the sport of endurance riding are “clean”. And, that is the intention of these anti-doping rules and regulations, so the penalties and sanctions for violations are severe.

 

 The table below provides a guide (not exhaustive) of sanctions, which will be in force from 2015.

 

VIOLATION

SANCTION FOR RIDER*

Presence of Prohibited Substance;

Use/Attempted Use of Prohibited Substance/Method;

Possession of Prohibited Substance/Method

For positive rider test, 4 years IF not a specified substance and rider can show it was not intentional**, or IF a specified substance and FEI/BEF proves it was intentional

For positive equine test, 4 years + fine up to £10k + legal costs

Evading/Refusing Sample Collection

4 years; 2 years IF no intent; + fine up to £10k

Tampering/Attempted Tampering

4 years; 2 years IF no intent; + fine up to £10k

Trafficking/Attempted Trafficking

4 years to life; + fine up to £17k

Administration/Attempted Administration

4 years to life; + fine up to £10k

Complicity

2 to 4 years; + fine up to £10k

Prohibited Association

1 to 2 years

* Subject to reduction where No Fault/Negligence or No Significant Fault/Negligence.

** “intentional” means that the Athlete or other Person engaged in conduct which he or she knew constituted an anti-doping rule violation or knew that there was a significant risk that the conduct might constitute an anti-doping rule violation and manifestly disregarded that risk.

 

Members are advised that sanctions due to personal violations of equine and human anti-doping regulations may have even greater consequences to Teams, in which they are a rider:

At an FEI World Equestrian Games, entire Team Disqualification.

At all other International Team Competitions, the rider’s individual result will be subtracted from the Team result, and should that result in the number of riders being less than the required number, the Team shall be eliminated from the ranking.

 

Controlled Medications & Exempted Therapeutic Uses

Controlled Medications are substances included in both human and equine anti-doping Prohibited Lists, but identified as those which are permitted for administration out-of-competition. Their use/detection in-competition is a violation, as for all other Prohibited Substance, but sanctions for the rider in the case of a positive equine test are reduced to 1 year plus a fine of up to £10,000.  Members are advised to consult their veterinarian if their horse is being administered a Controlled Medication prior to an event/competition, and to carefully record the veterinarian advice and cessation of administration in their Medication Log Book. Withdrawal times must be managed to ensure that any residual substance is not present at the event/competition. Guidelines on the detection times for certain Controlled Medications are available:                                    See: Detection times

 

 

There are exceptions permitting Prohibited Substances for riders or Controlled Medications for horses to be administered in-competition; these are called Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).

 

For athletes (riders), WADA’s International Standard for TUEs (ISTUE) states:

“Athletes with documented medical conditions requiring the Use of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method may request a therapeutic use exemption.”

The strict criteria for the grant of a TUE are:

The Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method in question is needed to treat an acute or chronic medical condition, such that the Athlete would experience a significant impairment to health if the Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method were to be withheld.

The Therapeutic Use of the Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method is highly unlikely to produce any additional enhancement of performance beyond what might be anticipated by a return to the Athlete’s normal state of health following the treatment of the acute or chronic medical condition.
Although there may be some enhancement of individual performance as a result of the efficacy of the treatment, nevertheless, such enhancement must not exceed the level of performance of the Athlete prior to the onset of his/her medical condition.

There is no reasonable Therapeutic alternative to the Use of the otherwise Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method.

 

Members who believe they meet these criteria AND are competing in International Rides should apply for a TUE through EGB/BEF in advance of competition. Members who are competing at a National level only are not required to apply for a TUE in advance of competition, (and, as detailed above, unless the current anti-doping test practices change for riders will not need to apply for a retroactive TUE). However, members competing at National level only, who meet the TUE criteria, are strongly advised to have a medical file prepared and ready to demonstrate their satisfaction of the TUE conditions, should application for a retroactive TUE becomes necessary.

 

 

 

 

For horses, the FEI’s EADCMRs states:

“An Equine Therapeutic Use Exemption (ETUE) provides authorisation to compete when a Controlled Medication Substance and/or a Controlled Medication Method has been administered or used for legitimate therapeutic purposes in a Horse, as provided for in the FEI Veterinary Regulations.”

 

There are, currently, only 2 circumstances in International Competition for such authorisations:

Emergency Treatment with a Controlled Medication. In this case, the rider (or Person Responsible) must complete a form, have it signed by the treating veterinarian, and submit it to the Veterinary Delegate/Commission for authorisation. With the exception of a genuine medical emergency, a Controlled Medication may only be administered with prior authorisation of the Ground Jury or Veterinary Commission/Veterinary Delegate.

Declaration for administration of altrenogest to mares. The use of altrenogest (Regumate) is allowed only in mares with oestrus-related behavioural problems, and the dose and duration of treatment must be in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. The rider (or Person Responsible) or treating veterinarian administering the altrenogest must complete a form and submit it to the Veterinary Commission/Veterinary Delegate for completion and signing on arrival at the Event.

 

For horses competing at National Events, where there is no equivalent of the Veterinary Delegate, the decision as to whether or not to compete with a horse that has been treated with a Controlled Medication must be made by the rider (or Person Responsible). BUT, the rider must endeavour to avoid breaching the BEF’s Equine Anti-Doping Regulations. Members are advised to discuss with their veterinarian regimes of treatment with Controlled Medications that will no longer be present in the horse’s system at the time of competition. If such regimes are not possible, they should complete with their veterinarian a National ETUE Medication Form which may be handed to the Testing Veterinarian, should testing occur. A retroactive National ETUE should be applied for within 10days. Members should note:

Use of Banned Substances and Methods is not permitted under any circumstances.

NETUEs will not be granted for long term treatments of chronic conditions.

The BEFAR Technical Committee will look favourably on a finding of certain Controlled Medication used for minor treatments, e.g. to treat a mild colic, or for anaesthetising a small wound for suturing (but, note, any invasive treatment, such as puncturing the skin, in-competition is subject to restriction).

 

Reporting Doping

UKAD maintains a report doping initiative to enable it to constantly build a picture of doping in UK sport, and any information is welcomed. Any doping concerns, however small they seem, may be shared in confidence with highly-trained personnel, and they will worry about the evidence.

 

You can call anonymously 24/7 on 08000 32 23 32, or submit information, securely, online:

see report online