The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA

The goal of the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA is a world in which all athletes compete in a clean sporting environment. WADA is a strong defender of ethical sports and guarantees athletes' legal protection. WADA also aims to harmonise antidoping work all over the world.

WADA was established in 1999, and its head office is located in Montreal, Canada.

Tasks and funding

WADA's primary tasks are:

  • to harmonise, develop and maintain WADA's Anti-Doping Code and monitor how various parties comply with it
  • to publish and distribute an annual list of substances and methods prohibited in sports
  • to develop regional antidoping programmes
  • to manage an extensive international research programme
  • to accredit doping laboratories
  • to carry out an independent international testing programme
  • to carry out international education and communications programmes, and
  • to carry out an independent doping control monitoring programme at major international sports competitions.

Half of WADA's funding is sourced from the International Olympic Committee and the other half from governments around the world.

Governments have committed themselves to supporting WADA's operations via the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport. Finland participates actively in the development of the World Anti-Doping Code and regional antidoping programmes. Finland has two seats in WADA's specialist groups.

The World Anti-Doping Code

The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA's Supervisory Board accepted the new World Anti-Doping Code on 15 November 2013. The new World Anti-Doping Code entered into force on 1 January 2015. WADA monitors antidoping organisations in order to ascertain that they comply with the Code.

In addition, WADA publishes these mandatory standards:

  • International list of prohibited substances and methods
  • International Standard for Testing and Investigations
  • International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions
  • International Standard for Laboratories, and
  • International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.
Harri Syväsalmi

Harri Syväsalmi

Secretary General

phone: +358 40 557 7725

e-mail: harri.syvasalmi@suek.fi