Whether by accident or on purpose, doping is against the rules of the sport. Use the links below to ensure you are working within the laws for aquatic sports.
All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. We believe in clean sport and work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and our International Federation (IF) FINA to ensure that the integrity of our sport is protected.
British Swimming work closely with UKAD to ensure the legacy of clean athletes across British Swimming & Home Countries, within the future generations. These athletes will require an introduction and protection from doping and education plays a key role in achieving this.
Athletes should feel prepared and know their rights and responsibilities when they are notified to be tested by a Chaperone or Doping Control Officer. Learn more about the testing process, from start to finish, with this video.
Athletes can find out more on the Introduction to Testing section of UKAD's website.
Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
If an athlete with a legitimate medical condition needs to use a prohibited substance or method, they will need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). This is only accepted if there are no other suitable permitted medications or treatments that can be used, and there is a strict, detailed process to determine this.
The WADA Prohibited List is amended annually but is subject to change from time to time. The list describes each prohibited class of substance with examples. The prohibited list comes into effect on 1 January every year and can be found at www.wada.ama.org. If you would like to know more about the Prohibited List Categories, please contact the British Swimming Anti-Doping Lead.
Extreme caution is recommended regarding supplement use.
The National Registered Testing Pool is managed by UKAD and the International Registered Testing Pool is managed by FINA. British Swimming notifies athletes of their inclusion in FINA’s testing pool.
Protect Your Sport
Protecting clean sport depends on everyone in sport playing their part to maintain a level playing field. Clean competition rests on athletes, parents and support staff having the know-how to speak out when something's wrong within sport - no matter how small the information may seem.
Find out more about the confidential ways you can report your concerns to UKAD at www.ukad.org.uk/protect-your-sport
Forms and Contacts
To contact the British Swimming Anti-Doping Lead, Jane Smith please e-mail here or telephone on 07917 834785.