Rights and Responsibilities under the Code

Rights and responsibilities of Athletes


To be knowledgeable of and comply with all applicable anti-doping policies and rules.

  • Know the anti-doping rules and stick to them!


  • To be knowledgeable of and comply with all applicable anti-doping policies and rules.
  • Be available for testing.
  • To inform medical personnel of your obligation not to use prohibited substances and prohibited methods and take responsibility to ensure that any medical treatment does not violate anti-doping policies and rules.
  • Tell doctors and medics that you are an athlete and cannot use banned substances and methods. Check all medication does not contain a banned substance before you take it. Ask for help if you are unsure.
  • To disclose to your National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) and IFCPF any decision made by an Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) that is not a Code Signatory relating to committing an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) within the previous ten years.
  • Tell your NADO or IFCPF if you have committed an ADRV in the last 10 years
  • To take responsibility for what you ingest and use
  • Your body is your responsibility.
  • To cooperate with ADOs investigating ADRVs.
  • Help with an anti-doping investigation when asked to.
  • To disclose the identity of your athlete support personnel to any ADO with authority over you that requests it.
  • Share information about those who support you (coach, physiotherapist, doctor) if asked


Rights and responsibilities of Athlete Support Personnelโ€™s and Other Persons


  • Be knowledgeable of and comply with all anti-doping policies and rules which are applicable to you or the athletes you support.
  • Use your influence on athlete values and behaviour to foster anti-doping attitudes.


  • Cooperate with the athlete testing program.
  • Disclose to IFCPF and your National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO any decision by a non-Signatory that you have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) within the previous ten years.
  • Cooperate with Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) investigating ADRVs.


The principle of Strict Liability

What is strict liability?

The principle of strict liability is applied in situations where urine/blood samples collected from an athlete have produced adverse analytical results.

It means that each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her bodily specimen and that an anti-doping rule violation occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in the bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.

The rule which provides that it is not necessary that intent, fault, negligence, or knowing use on the Athlete’s part be demonstrated by IFCPF or any other Anti-Doping Organisation in order to establish an anti-doping rule violation.