Please verify if you fall into the category of International Level Athlete in your sport using this table. If you do, you should submit your application directly to the International Testing Agency (ITA) as your federation has delegated the TUE management process to the ITA.
Athletes who are subject to anti-doping rules would need a TUE to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method. You can also verify with us 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.
For this, you may also use a ‘check your medication’ online like Global Drug Reference Online or consult your National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO).
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 whatever 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 ITA’s ITUEC if you are having difficulties (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Then, contact ITA’s ITUEC to determine your TUE application requirements.
If it is determined that you are a National-Level Athlete, you must apply to your NADO 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.
Please refer to the section “How to apply for a TUE?” section below.
If you already have a TUE granted by your National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO):
Your NADO’s TUE is only valid at the national level, and you must submit a request for recognition to the ITA’s ITUEC. Please refer to the section “How to submit a request for recognition of your NADO’s TUE to ITA’s ITUEC?” below.
If you are NOT an International-Level Athlete and you have been tested by your IF, IF recognizes a valid TUE granted by your NADO (i.e., it satisfies the ISTUE criteria for granting a TUE); unless you are required to apply for recognition of the TUE because you are competing in an international event.
If you are NOT a National-Level Athlete as defined by your NADO and you have been tested by your IF, you must apply for a retroactive TUE to the ITA’s ITUEC.