Some athletes may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take medications or undergo procedures. If the medication or method an athlete is required to use to treat an illness or condition is prohibited as per the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List a TUE may give that athlete the authorization to use that substance or method while competing without invoking an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) and applicable sanction. Applications for TUEs are evaluated by a panel of physicians, the TUE Committee (TUEC).
Athletes who are subject to anti-doping rules would need a TUE to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method should verify with PRADO to know to whom you need to apply and if you can apply retroactively.
First, check if the required medication or method you intend to take, or use is prohibited as per the WADA Prohibited List.
You have a responsibility to inform your physician(s) that you are an Athlete bound to anti-doping rules. You and your physician(s) should check the Prohibited List for the substance/method you are prescribed. If the substance/method is prohibited, discuss non-prohibited alternatives, if there are none, apply for a TUE. Remember Athletes have the ultimate responsibility. Contact PRADO if you are having difficulties.
Then, contact PRADO to determine your competition level and TUE application requirements.
If it is determined that you are an National Level Athlete you must apply to PRADO in advance, as soon as the need arises, unless there are emergency or exceptional circumstances.
For substances prohibited in-competition only, you should apply for a TUE at least 30 days before your next competition, unless one of the exceptions on retroactive TUEs (see below) apply.
The TUEs granted by PRADO are valid only at the national level. If you are or become an International Level Athlete, or participate in major competitions, that TUE will not be valid unless recognized by the relevant International Federation (IF) or Major Event Organization (MEO).
It is your responsibility to check if the TUE issued by PRADO is automatically recognized by the FI or MEO.
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In rare and exceptional circumstances and notwithstanding any other provision in the ISTUE, you may apply for and be granted retroactive approval for a therapeutic use of a prohibited substance or method, if considering the purpose of the Code, it would be manifestly unfair not to grant a retroactive TUE.
This unique retroactive TUE will only be granted with the prior approval of WADA (and WADA may in its absolute discretion agree with or reject with the PRADO’s decision).
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Once a TUE is requested, a panel of experts selected by the PRADO will review your request and grant the TUE if:
PRADO will notify you whether or not you can take the requested medication. In the event of a denied request, you will be informed of the reasons. You have the right to appeal the decision.
The medical file most include: