FINADA's discipline-specific level determination

FINADA's discipline-specific level determination concerns only national-level athletes and national-level competitions in Finland. For each discipline, it indicates the level on which the athletes should apply to FINADA for the necessary in-advance TUEs. Athletes (regardless of age and national level) who have reached the international level or participate in international sporting events must apply for TUEs through their respective International Federations.

Athletes covered by FINADA's discipline-specific level determination

Regardless of age, athletes covered by FINADA's discipline-specific level determination must apply for a TUE in advance as instructed in the International Standard of Therapeutic Use Exemptions and FINADA's guidelines. A medication or treatment, which is prohibited in sports, must not be started before a TUE has been granted for it, except in an emergency.

Athletes not covered by FINADA's discipline-specific level determination

Athletes not covered by FINADA's discipline-specific level determination are not required to apply for a TUE in advance. However, after a doping test, they must retroactively apply for a TUE to prove that the use of a prohibited substance or method was medically justifiable in accordance with TUE requirements.

Athletes who are not covered by FINADA's discipline-specific level determination but who need to use, for the treatment of a medical condition, a medicine or method prohibited in sports, should always have up-to-date medical documents prepared and ready, showing that the TUE requirements are met.

Sanctioned athletes

Ineligibility does not remove the obligation to apply for a TUE. If a banned athlete covered by FINADA's discipline-specific level determination has to use, for the treatment of a medical condition, a medicine or method prohibited in sports, he or she must ensure that the TUEs necessitated by the treatment are valid also during the period of ineligibility.

International-level athletes and athletes participating in international sports events

International-level athletes and athletes participating in international sporting events must ascertain, from their respective International Federations, the TUE procedures applying to them and, if necessary, apply for a TUE in advance according to the rules of the International Federation in question.

NB! FINADA's TUE decisions apply only to national-level athletes and national-level competitions in Finland and are not automatically valid in international competitions unless recognised by the International Federation in question.

If an athlete who has been granted a TUE by FINADA reaches the international level or intends to participate in international competitions, he or she must determine if the International Federation in question automatically recognises the TUE granted by FINADA or if it should first be conveyed to the International Federation for evaluation.

The list below indicates for different disciplines the level on which athletes must apply for the necessary TUEs in advance according to the International Standard of Therapeutic Use Exemptions and FINADA's guidelines.

Discipline-specific level determination

American football

  • Maple League (Vaahteraliiga), I Division and Women's Maple League (Vaahteraliiga)
  • National teams (men, women, U19, U17)

Archery

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships in the open class

Athletics

  • A category result: adults and juniors in age classes 17, 19 and 22

Automobile

  • Holders of an international competition licence

Badminton

  • Elite-class players

Bandy

  • Finnish Bandy League (Bandyliiga)

Basketball

  • Men's Finnish basketball championships league (Korisliiga) and
    I Division A and B
  • Women's Finnish basketball championships league (Naisten Korisliiga)

Biathlon

  • Biathlonists participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class and over 15-year-old juniors

Boxing

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships in the category for adults

Bowling

  • M-class (M-luokka)

Canoe (flatwater, wildwater – freestyle and canoe slalom) 

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class and juniors (18 and 20 years)

Curling

  • Women's and men's Finnish Championship series

Cycling

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class, under 23 years and 18 years

DanceSport (ballroom and latin dance)

  • Dancers competing in A and B categories

Diving

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in the category for adults

Equestrian

  • Those participating in the seniors' individual Finnish Championships

Fencing

  • Athletes with an FIE licence

Field hockey

  • Men's Finnish Championship series

Figure skating

  • Skaters who compete in Finnish Championship series for juniors or seniors (single&pair skating, ice dance and synchronized skating)

Fitness (Bikini Fitness, Body Fitness, Classic Bodybuilding, Fitness, Men's Physique, Women's Physique)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships (including qualifying events) in the open class and Fitness Classic competition

Finnish baseball

  • Women's and men's Superpesis

Floorball

  • Finnish Floorball league (Salibandyliiga) and Finnish Women's Floorball league (Naisten Salibandyliiga)
  • Men's Division
  • A boys' and A girls' Finnish Championships

Football

  • Veikkausliiga (Tier 1)
  • Ykkönen (Tier 2)
  • Kakkonen (Tier 3)
  • The Women's National Football League

Golf

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships  in one of the following categories: open class and juniors
  • Adults' and juniors' federation coaching groups

Gymnastics (aerobic gymnastics, aesthetic group gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, TeamGym, artistic gymnastics, trampolining)

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: adults and juniors

Handball

  • Women's and men's Finnish Championship series

Ice hockey

  • Finnish Ice Hockey League (Liiga)
  • Mestis
  • Finnish Championship series for A juniors
  • Women's League
  • National junior teams

Judo

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class and U21

Karate

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class and juniors (18–20 years)

Kickboxing

  •   Those participating in the Finnish Championships in the category for adults

Modern pentathlon

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships

Motor sport

  • Highest national competition levels in the sport with Finnish Championships status

Orienteering

  • All the orienteers, ski orienteers and mountain bike orienteers in categories H/D21, H/D20 and H/D18 that based on the final ranking for the previous season belong to Class I. In orienteering, level determination is based on the total ranking (All-Terrain + Sprint). The criteria is available in Finnish on the Finnish Orienteering Federation website (www.suunnistusliitto.fi > Kilpailu > Info > Luokkarajat).

Paralympic sports

  • Athletes sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture

Powerlifting

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships  in one of the following categories: open class and juniors

Ringette

  • Women's Finnish Ringette League (SM-sarja)
  • Women's and juniors' national teams

Rinkball

  • Rinkball League (SM-sarja)

Rowing (Olympic classes)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class, juniors (A juniors' and under 23-year-olds' series)

Rugby

  • Men's and women's Championship series (15s) and Championship tournaments (7s)

Sailing

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships in the open class

Shooting

  • Shooters participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class for men and women and over 15-year old juniors (rifle, pistol, shotgun and running target shooting)

Skiing (Alpine skiing, freestyle, Cross-country skiing, Ski jumping and Nordic combined)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class and over 16-year old juniors

Snowboarding

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships in the open class

Speed skating

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class and A juniors

Squash

  • Squashliiga (Finnish Squash league) and those participating in the Finnish Championships in the open class

Swimming

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Swimming Championships (does not apply to disabled swimmers, see Paralympic sports)

Table tennis

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships in the open class

Taekwondo

  • Those participating in ranking competitions, starting from the 15-year-old series

Tennis

  • Tennis League and athletes participating in the highest category of the general Finnish championships

Triathlon

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish championships in one of the following categories: open class and classes for 15-44 year olds

Underwater sports (Underwater rugby)

  • Women's and men's Finnish Championships league

Volleyball

  • Women's and men's Finnish Championship league (Mestaruusliiga)
  • Women's and men's I-series (I-sarja)
  • Those participating in the National Beach Volley women's and men's Championship tour

Waterpolo

  • Finnish Championship series for women and men

Weightlifting (does not apply to kettlebell)

  • Athletes participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: open class, juniors, girls, boys (17, 20 and 23 years)

Wrestling

  • Those participating in the Finnish Championships in one of the following categories: adults, under 20 years and under 17 years
Anna Simula

Anna Simula

Pharmacist, TUEs

phone: +358 400 338 510

e-mail: anna.simula@suek.fi