The British Swimming aim, working in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), is to ensure that sport is protected from the threat of doping, and that athletes have the consistent right to compete against other clean athletes.  Anti-doping, like sport, is governed by rules.  From 1st January 2015 a revised World Anti-Doping Code (2015 Code) comes into effect and in turn revised British Swimming Anti-Doping Rules will come in to effect. 

UKAD have set up a micro site that is full of information in regard to the 2015 Code. Click here to visit the site.

British Swimming (and its members ASA, SASA and WASA) is a member of FINA. FINA are an international body responsible under the World Anti-Doping Agency Code for regulating doping control on all the aquatic disciplines.

British Swimming Anti Doping Rules 2015

The British Swimming Anti-Doping Rules are based upon the rules produced by UKAD which have been drafted to implement any amendments to the Code. The rules have been adopted to impose clear prohibitions and controls on doping in the sport of swimming in accordance with the mandatory provisions of the WADA Code.

The British Swimming Anti-Doping rules apply to:

  • All athletes and athlete support personnel who are members of British Swimming and/or ASA, SASA or WASA
  • Any member or affiliate organisations
  • Any licensees of British Swimming
  • Any of the home nations (including any clubs, teams, associations or leagues)
  • Any participating person in activities organised, convened, authorised or recognised by British Swimming or any of the home nations
  • Any other athlete or athlete support personnel who by contract is subject to the jurisdiction of British Swimming for purposes of Anti-Doping

It is the personal responsibility of each athlete and athlete support personnel to acquaint him/herself and comply with the British Swimming Anti-Doping Rules.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced the 2017 Prohibited List Changes, which will come into effect on 1st January 2017.  These have been published now to ensure athletes and support personnel have sufficient time to be made aware of the changes.

Athletes are solely responsible for what is in their system, regardless of how it got there, or if there was an intention to cheat or not.  Therefore athletes must check their medication status in relation to the Prohibited List regularly.

The Prohibited List outlines the substances and methods which are used in sport, however it does not outline which medications these substances are found in.  Therefore we advise athletes to regularly check their medication via

Any queries re the 2017 Prohibited List Changes, please contact: Rachel Burrows

2017 WADA Prohibited List Changes - Athletes

2017 WADA Prohibited List Changes - Athlete Support Personnel