Drug Control

(as adapted and modified from the BDFPA)


The ADFPF strictly tests according to the guidelines as set out by the WDPFF and World Anti Doping Agency and their current Prohibited Substances Lists. The ADFPF uses the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory for all drug testing.

Current WADA International Standard Prohibited Substances List

Drug abuse is strictly forbidden and the ADFPF will ban for life any member found guilty of drug abuse, subject to a right of appeal as set out in the disciplinary rules.

Drug abuse is the use by, or distribution to, a sportsman or sportswoman (the competitor) of any substance defined as banned by the ADFPF.

The identification of a substance and/or metabolites of a doping class in a competitor’s urine or other sample will constitute an offence. Evidence of blood doping, pharmacological, chemical or physical manipulation may also be considered an offence which may be penalized.

Any member or potential member must, at any time if requested by any of the ADFPF Drug Control officers or other designated officials, submit to a drug test at a moment’s notice. Refusal to do so or indulging in any behaviour considered by the executive to be obstructive or lacking in co-operation prior to, during or following the giving of a urine sample or any other form of drug testing, will be considered a positive test.

The ADFPF membership form which must be completed and signed by all members, includes a drug covenant clearly stating that a member agrees to do everything in his or her power to enhance and ease the practical aspects of the testing procedure. As such, a member’s responsibility to co-operate does not start and end with the giving of a urine sample.

Any member found guilty of advising athletes or lifters on how to abuse drugs will be banned for life.

If, on analysis by a reputable body, a urine sample is found to contain a substance banned by the ADFPF, following the Prohibited Subestances list issued by WADA, or indicates the use of any agent which the ADFPF considers as constituting drug abuse, this will be regarded as a positive test and is grounds for a life ban. Under exceptional circumstances the taking of a banned drug may be considered by the executive, following an appeal, not to constitute drug abuse.

Banned substances are as detailed in the WADA International Prohibted Substance List. The ADFPF reserves the right to add to or subtract from this list any substance which it feels is relevant or irrelevant to what constitutes drug abuse.

In the case of out of competition drug testing, the executive will decide what drugs or what dosage of any given drug, constitutes drug abuse, in consultation with an official IOC accredited drug control body. Similarly the executive may decide that following an in or out of competition drug test, the taking of what may be considered an excessive amount of a non-banned substance, constitutes drug abuse.

It is incumbent on all ADFPF members to check with the ADFPF Drug Control Officer, whether any substance they may wish to ingest, is on the banned list. The use of products which can be legally purchased may in some cases, still lead to drug test failures (positive test results). Similarly, certain commercially available products described as ‘nutritional supplements’ may contain banned substances. Commercially available products are not exempt from the WDFPF list of banned substances.

Members are considered personally responsible for ensuring that any medications or nutritional supplements which they use do not contain substances banned by the WDFPF and ADFPF. As a general rule, a claim by a member failing a drug test that he/she did not know that they had ingested a banned substance – will not be regarded as a valid defence. Ignorance of what constitutes a banned substance will not normally be considered grounds for an appeal against a ban for a positive drug test.

If any athlete is currently taking any pharmacutical medicine that has been perscribed to them by a medical professional that is present on the current WADA Banned Substances list, it is the athlete’s responsibility to discuss alternative medications where possible, with their doctor. All findings to be reported to the ADFPF Drug Control Officer and a doctor’s certificate may be required.

Any lifter, official or coach found guilty of drug abuse and banned for life, will have all records, titles and performances removed retrospectively.

All diabetics must inform the Drug Control Officer of their condition so the ADFPF can test for insulin abuse. If a positive test for insulin is then recorded and the member has not informed the Drug Control Officer, that member may be banned from the ADFPF for life. The ADFPF may also test for stimulants.

Drug testing shall be by urinalysis or any other method approved by the ADFPF, and wherever appropriate shall be conducted according to WADA/WDFPF rules and procedure.

Drug testing in competitions will be conducted as required. The testing of a minimum of 10% of the total number of competitors is mandatory at National or International competitions staged by the ADFPF.

Drug testing out of competition will be conducted wherever and whenever this is considered necessary, and normally without any prior warning or notice to the individual concerned. Out of competition tests conducted at divisional level will be by arrangement with the Drug Control Officer.

Upon application of membership, all athletes give their word of honour that they have not used drugs or performance enhancing substances in the last 5 years or prescribed diuretics or psychomotor stimulants in the 7 days prior to competition.