Anti Doping

As the National Governing Body for archery throughout the United Kingdom, Archery GB operates in accordance with the rules and regulations of World Archery.

We are committed to the ideals and principles as defined by UK Sport in relation to drug misuse, and support for drug free sport:

  • We are committed to informing and educating our members in support of the policy of drug free sport.
  • We undertake to control the misuse of drugs in the sport of archery.
  • We recognise and are committed to independent testing and will manage any drug misuse issues through a fair, accountable and independent decision-making process thereby ensuring that our archers perform to the highest standards without the misuse of drugs or doping.

Alcohol is a World Archery banned substance.  No person on the field of play shall consume alcohol or be under the influence of alcohol.

All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they and their competitors are clean.

The use of Performance-Enhancing drugs and doping activity severely damages the legacy of sport and undermines the integrity of true athletes.

Anti – Doping Policy

Archery GB does not have its own separate Policy but adopts those of UK Anti-Doping. Details may be found at and the policy itself is found here at UKAD. The UK Anti-Doping Policy & Rules require Archery GB to also bring attention to World Archery’s Anti-Doping Policy.

What is Anti-Doping?

Doping is the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in sports. UK Anti-Doping is the national body responsible for protecting clean sport in the UK. They ensure that sports bodies within the UK comply with the World Anti-Doping code and govern clean sport.

100% me

100% me – Is UKAD’s education and prevention program. Programs include an anti-doping curriculum, education strategies with National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and thedevelopment of education resources, all designed to ensure that athletes are supported in understanding anti-doping throughout their careers. 100% Me is about being a true athlete. It’s about being able to say my performance is 100% me. There is no secret to my success – just hard work, determination and talent. To learn more visit

What is Strict Liability?

As an athlete, it is vital that you are aware of the principles of ‘Strict Liability’. This means that you are personally responsible for any banned substance found in your system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not you had an intention to cheat.

What are the Anti-Doping Violations?

One of UKAD’S responsibilities is the management of the anti-doping rule violations committed by athletes or athlete sports personnel. In the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code there are 10 Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV). They consist of the following:

  • The presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample
  • Use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method
  • Evading, refusing, or failing to submit to sample collection
  • Whereabouts failures: any combination of three missed tests and/or filing failures within a 12-month period by an athlete in a registered testing pool
  • Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control
  • Possession of a prohibited substance or prohibited method
  • Trafficking or attempted trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method
  • Administration or attempted administration to any athlete in-competition of any prohibited method or prohibited substance, or administration or attempted administration to any athlete out-of-competition of any prohibited method or any prohibited substance that is prohibited out-of-competition
  • Complicity: assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, conspiring, covering up or any other type of intentional complicity involving an ADRV or any attempted ADRV
  • Prohibited Association: associating with a person such as a coach, doctor or physio who has been found guilty of a criminal or disciplinary offence equivalent to a doping violation

Checking Medications

Before taking any medication (whether from a doctor or brought over the counter) you must check it for banned substances. Medications can be checked online at Global DRO It is important to note that medications brought in onecountry may contain different ingredients to the same branded medication in another country. If you do need to take a medication (for therapeutic reasons) that contains a banned substance then you will need to apply for a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) Form

Apply for a TUE

If you need to use a banned substance or method to treat a genuine medical condition, and there is no reasonable alternative then you may have to apply for a TUE. Find out more about whether you need a TUE and how to apply for one (including emergency TUEs) at

Help to keep sport clean

We all have a responsibility to report doing in sport and to help keep it clean. A 24 hour dedicated phone line, hosted by Crime Stoppers, is ready to take your call if you have any suspicions or concerns about incidences of doping in sport. You can provide information in complete confidence by calling 0800 032 2332. All information is passed securely to UK Anti-Doping’s intelligence unit for investigation.

Want to become an Anti-Doping Advisor?

Whether you’re a coach or support staff, Athletes trust and rely on your expertise, guidance and advice to help them to achieve their goals. With your help and vigilance, we can support athletes in their decision making process and reduce the incidence of both deliberate and inadvertent doping in the UK. Qualified advisors have a pivotal role in ensuring athletes understands their anti-doping responsibilities and the necessary practices and behaviours that ensure they can ‘be clean and stay clean’ throughout their sporting careers. Want to become an anti-doping advisor? Please register to take the on-line course at the following address : you can then take the free on-line advisors course.


For further information on any of the above then please contact Archery GB’S Anti- Doping advisor or UK Anti-Doping.

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