History and Annual Reports

Doping control has been around for almost a century. In Finland, antidoping work accelerated in the 1980s. The Finnish Antidoping Agency FINADA started its operations in 2001.

International doping control began in 1928 when the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) prepared lists of prohibited agents that improve performance. Other international sports federations soon followed suit. The International Olympic Committee listed the prohibited agents for the first time in 1968.

Beginning of antidoping work in Finland

The first national regulations on the use of doping agents were prepared in Finland in the 1980s. Finland's antidoping work accelerated with the World Championships in Athletics in 1983. The International Olympic Committee accredited the first doping testing laboratory in Finland (currently Yhtyneet Medix Laboratoriot Oy).

Kansallinen Dopingtoimikunta KDT (Natoinal Doping Committee KDT) was established in Finland in 1984. In 1990, doping control was transferred to the Finnish Antidoping Agency, which operated in connection with the Association for Promoting of Sports Medicine and Physiological Testing Liite r.y. Finland ratified the Council of Europe's Anti-Doping Convention the same year.

 The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA was founded in 1999. WADA's task was to be responsible for the accreditation of doping test laboratories, and it developed and approved the World Anti-Doping Code (approved for the first time in 2007), on which Finland's Antidoping Code is also based.

FINADA is established

After a number of Finns were caught using doping agents at the World Ski Championships in 2001, there was a strong will to develop doping control in Finland. It was decided to establish a new independent organisation, funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture using lottery proceeds. The constitutive meeting of the Finnish Antidoping Agency FINADA was held on 8 November 2001.

The Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports FINCIS starts

Ethical issues became increasingly important. The Ministry launched extensive studies concerning the administration of the new sports conventions in practice: among other things, Minister Lauri Tarasti prepared a report for the Ministry in 2014 on the administration of ethical issues in sport in Finland. The research continued at OKM and on 18 November 2015 the Minister of Education and Culture, Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, appointed an Advisory Board for Ethics in Sport. The Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports FINCIS was established on 28 January 2016. "Finnish Anti-Doping Agency FINADA" will still be used as an auxiliary name of the new organisation.

FINCIS is responsible for implementing international treaties on anti-doping, manipulation of sports competitions and spectator comfort and safety in Finland. FINCIS is responsible for the practical implementation in Finland of the Council of Europe's Anti-Doping Convention, the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport, the Council of Europe's Convention on Spectator Violence, and the Council of Europe's Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions.

FINCIS is a non-profit organisation which deals with sport ethics in Finland and collaborates with international organisations. The organisation receives funding from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. FINCIS has five member organisations: The Finnish Olympic Committee, the Finnish Paralympic Committee, the Finnish Society of Sports Medicine, and the State of Finland, represented by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Harri Syväsalmi

Harri Syväsalmi

Secretary General

phone: +358 40 557 7725

e-mail: harri.syvasalmi@suek.fi