Doping control and testing
In accordance with Finland's Antidoping Code, which is based on the World Anti-Doping Code, doping refers to one or more antidoping rule violations. Athletes committed to Finland's Antidoping Code or other involved persons must be aware of what constitutes an antidoping rule violation as well as which substances and methods are defined in the current World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of prohibited substances and methods.
In several sports disciplines, antidoping rule violations are controlled in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the International Standards prepared by WADA. In some disciplines, the Codes of the International Federations deviate from the WADA Code. The Codes of the International Federations are legally binding on the athletes, and athletes must be aware of the provisions applied to them.
The purpose of doping control is to
- prevent the use of substances and methods that are detrimental to health and/or improve performance
- secure athletes' right to fair and clean competition
- defend the equity and reliability of sports in the future and
- respect with sport and medical ethics.
Principles of doping testing
In Finland, doping controls for athletes are conducted by FINADA, The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA and international sports federations. National sports federations can also order doping tests from FINADA. Finnish athletes can also be tested abroad by the national antidoping organisation of the country in question.
In its testing, FINADA complies with WADA's International Standard for Testing and Investigations. The Standard ensures the quality, reliability and consistency of the test procedure both nationally and internationally.
Doping samples are analysed in doping testing laboratories accredited and supervised by WADA (in Finland, United Medix Laboratories).