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Therapeutic Use Exemptions

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).

What are the criteria for granting a TUE?

Who should apply for a TUE?

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.

National Level Athlete

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.

International Level Athlete

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.

Who is considered a National Level Athlete?

If you need help defining your athlete’s status you can contact us at

Can I get a retroactive TUE?

You may only apply retroactively for a TUE to PRADO if:

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).

Application process to obtain a TUE

There are two ways you can request your TUE. The recommended is through the ADAMS System, using your username and password. If you do not have them, you can request them at

The second way is through a form, following the instructions below:


Download the general TUE form by clicking on the button.


Ask your doctor to fill the TUE form, in Legible Capital Letters or typed, and send it along with your medical record to


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:

Frequently asked Questions

What happens at major events?
A Major Event Organization (MEO) requires athletes to apply for the recognition of their TUE if they wish to use a prohibited substance or method in connection with the Event.​

If you have a TUE granted by PRADO and you will be competing at a Major Event e.g., the Olympic Games, you should contact the MEO for information on their recognition process.
When will I receive a decision on my TUE application or request for recognition?
PRADO’s TUEC’s must render a decision as soon as possible, and usually within 21 days from the date of receipt of the complete TUE application or request for recognition.
What if I need to renew my TUE?
Each TUE has a specific duration, at the end of which it expires automatically. Should you need to continue to use the prohibited substance or method, it is your responsibility to submit a new application for a TUE with updated medical information ahead of the expiry date, so that there is sufficient time for a decision to be made prior to the expiry of the current TUE.

Remember that the presence (following sample collection), use, possession or administration of the prohibited substance or method must be consistent with the terms of your TUE. Therefore, if you require a materially different dosage, frequency, route or duration of administration, you should contact the PRADO, as you may be required to apply for a new TUE. Some substances and dosages, e.g. insulin, are often modified during treatment and these possible fluctuations should be mentioned by the treating physician in the TUE application and would usually be accepted by the ADO TUEC.
What if my PRADO’s TUE application is denied?
The decision to deny a TUE application requires a written explanation of the reasons for the denial. If it is not clear to you, contact PRADO to understand exactly why your TUE was denied. Sometimes a critical piece of information may be missing, a diagnostic test, lab results, etc., in which case you need to re do the application proccess.

Otherwise, you can appeal the decision before the PRADO Appeals Panel, as follows:
You must resubmit the application, supporting documents, the TUE application denial letter, and a letter explaining the reasons why you are appealing the decision to

Your appeal will be sent to the PRADO Appeals Panel, which is made up of lawyers and physicians different from the Therapeutic Use Exemption Panel that rejected the request in the first instance. They will have a maximum of 21 days to give a response, being able to request new studies or probative evidence.
What if my PRADO’s TUE is not recognized by my IF?
You and/or PRADO have 21 days from the date of decision to refer the matter to WADA for review. The email address to enquire and/or send the request for review is: Alternatively, you may send to:

WADA Medical Department
World Anti-Doping Agency
Stock Exchange Tower
800 Place Victoria (Suite 1700)
P.O. Box 120
Montreal (Quebec) H4Z 1B7

The same information that was provided to PRADO should be submitted to WADA. Please use a secure on-line method unless sending by registered mail.

Pending WADA’s decision, your PRADO’s TUE remains valid for national-level competition and out-of-competition testing only.

If the matter is not referred to WADA for review, PRADO must determine whether the original TUE that was granted should remain valid for national-level Competition and Out-of-Competition Testing.
Will my medical information be treated in a confidential manner?
All the information contained in a TUE application, including the supporting medical information and any other information related to the evaluation of your TUE request is kept strictly confidential and treated in accordance with the Athlete’s Declaration contained in the ADAMS TUE process. All members of the TUEC and any other authorized recipients of your TUE request and related information (as described in the Athlete’s Declaration) are subject to a professional or contractual confidentiality obligation.

Please review the terms of the Athlete’s Declaration carefully. In particular, note that should you wish to revoke the right of the PRADO’s TUEC to obtain the information related to your TUE in accordance with the Athlete’s Declaration, your TUE application will be deemed withdrawn without approval [or recognition] being granted.

Your TUE request-related information will be retained by PRADO and any other authorized recipients for no longer than necessary for the purposes stated in the Athlete’s Declaration, in accordance with the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.
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