The procedure mentioned above came into effect at the same time as the new Prohibited List and the new ICF Anti-Doping Code (1st January 2004).
Check with the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA) Hotline 1800 020 506 to see whether your medication is banned, permitted or requires notification of use.
For more information on the differences between Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) and Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemption (ATUE), please see next question
Once received by Australian Canoeing, the application will be reviewed by the relevant Anti-Doping Control Officer who will check the supplied details and if acceptable, provide approval.
Once received by Australian Canoeing, the application will be forwarded to the ICF for consideration and approval.
If an athlete suffers a medical condition that a doctor can only treat with a prohibited substance, he or she must check whether the legitimate therapeutic use of the prohibited substance is permitted under Australian Canoeing's Anti-Doping Policy.
Before using any prohibited substances athletes must contact Australian Canoeing to determine whether the anti-doping rules allow the use of prohibited substances for legitimate therapeutic purposes.
If the Australian Canoeing anti-doping policy has a provision for therapeutic use of prohibited substances the athlete must strictly adhere to the approval procedures.
More information on the therapeutic use of prohibited substances and access to application forms can be found on the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee (ASDMAC) website
The World Anti-Doping Code has set in place standard procedures for ATUEs. The many sports that have signed up to the Code now follow these TUE procedures.
Athletes who require the legitimate use of:
should use an ATUE process. Previously this process was termed a medical notification. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has designed an Abbreviated TUE form for athletes to complete prior to using an inhaled asthma medication or non-systemic glucocorticosteroid.
Athletes should always check with Australian Canoeing's Anti-Doping Control Officer to ensure they are following the correct abbreviated TUE procedure.
Abbreviated TUE forms that have been completed must be sent to Australian Canoeing, not to ASDA or ASDMAC
In line with ICF and Australian Canoeing Anti-doping policies, approval of notification is valid for a one year period. From January 1, 2005, approval will be granted each year with an end date of December 31. This means that notification must be renewed annually at the end of December.
If you require notification of medication or supplements, it is your responsibility to reapply for approval.
At this stage 'clinical proof' is only required for athletes who have asthma when competing in the Olympic Games. If medication or substances used include a group of medications called beta-2 agonists (Ventolin etc), a submission of test results proving the diagnosis of asthma and/or exercise induced asthma is required. For more information contact Richard Fox at Australian Canoeing.
In addition to the changes which effect athletes, there are several key changes bought about by the World Anti-Doping Code, which effects coaches and support personnel.
In summary, the World Anti-Doping Code has anti-doping rule violations which also apply to coaches and support personnel.
Under the Code, and the new Australian Canoeing Anti-Doping Policy, coaches and support personnel can be sanctioned for tampering with drug testing samples, possessing or trafficking prohibited substances or methods, and administering or attempting to administer prohbited substances or methods.
Coaches or support personnel violating these rules can be sanctioned with a lifetime ban from sport. For more information see the World Anti-Doping Code.
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