WHAT IS A TUE?
Athletes, like all people, may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take a particular medication/substance or undergo certain procedures/methods. If the substance or method appears on WADA’s List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, athletes must obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in order to have the permission to take it or use it. TUEs can only be granted by Anti-Doping Organizations following a robust review process that is defined in WADA's International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions and involves evaluation by a panel of at least three physicians specialised in sports medicine and/or other relevant specialties.
WHO MUST OBTAIN TUEs FROM THE FEI ?
The FEI's Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA) require that all International-level Athletes* who need to take medication/treatment which is on WADA’s Prohibited List must submit a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) application to the FEI as follows:
* International-level Athletes are defined as (a) FEI registered athletes and (b) athletes taking part in an International Event as defined in the ADRHA.
WHICH ATHLETES ARE CONSIDERED TO BE "INTERNATIONAL-LEVEL ATHLETES" ?
The table below will help you determine an athlete's status:
I AM AN INTERNATIONAL-LEVEL ATHLETE. HOW AND WHEN SHOULD I APPLY TO THE FEI FOR A TUE ?
Athletes selected for doping control must systematically declare on the doping control form the use of all prescribed and over-the-counter medications as well as supplements taken in the last 7 days.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY TREATMENT INVOLVES PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES/METHODS AND I DO NOT HAVE A TUE ?
Using a prohibited substance or method on WADA's Prohibited List before or without TUE approval will most likely result in an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) in the event of an anti-doping test. It is therefore important that athletes check very carefully whether any treatment they are prescribed involves prohibited substances or methods. Athlete should also not assume that all medical professionals who prescribe medication have a full understanding of anti-doping-related matters in their sport. Athletes are advised to treat the matter of TUEs seriously and in all instances seek expert advice.
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