Prohibited Substances and Methods in Sports (KAMU) 2018

The Doping agent groups and doping substances of the Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports FINCIS/Finnish Anti-Doping Agency FINADA are based on the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA's Prohibited List of 2018.

The official version of the Prohibited List is maintained by WADA, and it is published in English and French on WADA's website ( The information on FINCIS's website and the future mobile application is based on WADA's Prohibited List and WADA's other International Standards and provisions. In the event of any conflict between different language versions or translations of the Doping agent groups and doping substances section, WADA's English-language documents shall prevail. Some of the substances are not available in Finland.

Searches on FINCIS's website and in the future KAMU medicine search mobile application are based on the lists of Pharmaceutical Information Centre. These are updated monthly for new medicational products entering the market. The athlete must ensure that he/she has access to up-to-date information. If necessary, he/she must contact the FINCIS office.

Doping agent groups and doping substances
KAMU medicine search

In the KAMU medicine search, you can check if the medicine or pharmacological substance you are using is prohibited in sports. You can only check prescription medication and over-the-counter medicines available in Finland from the medicine search. The medicine search does not include products requiring a special permit. If you cannot find the medicational product you were looking for, please contact FINCIS.

When checking the medicational product, take into account that the route of administration corresponds with the looked-for product. The medicine search includes products of the same name with different routes of administration, e.g. tablet or cream. One of these may be allowed and the other prohibited. A medicational product may contain several active ingredients that have different doping classifications. If the medicational product contains only one prohibited active ingredient, the medication is prohibited. The footnotes contain detailed information and notes about the prohibited and permitted substances.

Technochemical products, homeopathic preparations, nutritional supplements and herbal products are excluded. Contact the manufacturer or importer to ask about their composition or to request a certificate verifying that the product does not contain any substances that will cause an adverse analytical finding. As far as FINCIS is aware, foodstuffs, beauty products or technochemical products have not led to any adverse analytical findings. The athlete is always responsible for what is found in their body in any possible doping tests.

An athlete visiting a physician

Always when being treated by a physician, the athlete should tell that he/she is within the scope of doping control. Always when buying over-the-counter medicines from the pharmacy, the athlete should check the permissibility of the medicine he/she intends to use. If a physician prescribes a medicine prepared at a pharmacy and without a trade name (a so-called ex tempore medicine), the athlete should ask the physician or the pharmacist whether the medicine contains any of the prohibited substances in a prohibited form as listed in the Doping agent groups and doping substances section.

An athlete abroad

There may be medicational products available in Finland and other countries with the same name but containing different pharmacological substances. That is why the permissibility of medicine obtained abroad should not be checked from the KAMU medicine search. As regards medicines obtained abroad, check WADA's original Prohibited List in English ( or the corresponding FINCIS Doping agent groups and doping substances section to ensure that they do not contain prohibited substances. The future KAMU mobile application will also feature a list of the medicine lists of different countries.

Amendments to last year's list and provisions

Changes made to the list of prohibited substances and methods for 2018 compared with that of 2017 are minor ones. No new prohibited substance groups have been added to the list, but the group S.2 (Peptide hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics) has been rearranged.

New examples have been added in different groups that are not available in Finland as medicational products with the exception of glucocorticoids. New examples include SARM modulators (S1.2.), growth hormone fragments (S2.2.3) and growth hormone releasing factors (S2.2.3). Glycerol has been removed from the list. Alcohol that is prohibited in certain sports has also been removed from the Prohibited List and the responsibility for using it has been transferred to the international sports federations whose sports the prohibition applied.

The permitted dose of inhaled salbutamol, used for the treatment of asthma, among other things, has been amended further. The maximum dosage of inhaled salbutamol is 1,600 micrograms in 24 hours, as before. This has been further specified so that the dosage cannot exceed 800 micrograms within any period of 12 hours. The maximum dosage and timing of intravenous fluid transfer was changed to 100 millilitres in 12 hours.

Pekka Rauhala

Pekka Rauhala

Medical expert

phone: +358 400 801 411


Anna Simula

Anna Simula

Pharmacist, TUEs

phone: +358 400 338 510