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January 2/18 11:06 am - 2018 WADA Prohibited List Now In Effect

Posted by Editor on 01/2/18

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) would like to alert the Canadian sport community that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2018 Prohibited List came into effect on January 1, 2018.

Notable modifications to the List include:

• Dosing parameters of salbutamol were revised to make it clear that divided doses of salbutamol may not exceed 800 micrograms over any 12 hours. The daily maximum of inhaled salbutamol remains 1600 mcg over 24 hours.
• Previously included in category S8 Cannabinoids, cannabidiol is no longer prohibited. It should be noted that synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains prohibited. Cannabidiol is used by athletes to manage conditions such as pain and inflammation. This change does not impact the status of cannabis - it remains a prohibited substance.
• In category M2.2 Chemical and Physical Manipulation, the permitted volume and timing of intravenous infusions were changed from infusions of no more than 50 mL per six-hour period to no more than a total of 100 mL per 12-hour period. Treatment scenarios have been updated to reflect medical practice; "hospital admissions" has been changed to "hospital treatments" and "clinical investigations" has been changed to "clinical diagnostic investigations."

In an effort to improve clarity, examples of commonly used glucocorticoids were added to category S9 Glucocorticoids.

• Alcohol was excluded from the Prohibited List; however, control of its use will be transferred to the four International Federations (IF) that are affected by the change. As a result of category P1's (alcohol) removal from the List, Beta Blockers (formerly P2) has been renamed P1 Beta Blockers.
• Glycerol has been removed from the List in light of scientific articles that have confirmed that glycerol's ability to influence plasma volume and parameters of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) is minimal.

The 2018 Prohibited List and the Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes are now available for download on WADA's website in English and French.

Athletes can find out if their medications are prohibited using the following CCES resources, all of which have been updated to reflect the new List.

• Global DRO:
• Email:
• Info Line: 1-800-672-7775

For prohibited substances that require a medical exemption, athletes subject to doping control should consult the CCES or their international federation to get complete information on the application process.

• The CCES Medical Exemption Wizard ( can help athletes find out if they need to apply for an exemption for their prescribed medication, what to include in it and where to submit the application.
• Email:

Athletes are reminded to exercise caution when consuming supplements as there is a risk that they may contain prohibited substances. For more information on supplements, visit


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