All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. The use of performance-enhancing drugs and doping activity severely damages the legacy of sport and undermines the integrity of true athletes.
The Scottish Badminton Union is opposed to the use of drugs in sport and is a member of and subject to the anti-doping jurisdiction of the Badminton World Federation. From 1 January 2009 the Anti-Doping Rules of the Scottish Badminton Union are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by the Drug Free Sport Directorate of UK Sport (or its successor), as amended from time to time. The 2015 World Anti-Doping Code came into effect on 1 January 2015; and accordingly UK Anti-Doping have produced a revised set of the UK Anti-Doping Rules to comply with the 2015 Code (which encompasses the various International Standards). You can view these revised Anti-Doping Rules, by clicking here
Under the new Rules (effective 1 January 2015), in particular please note the following:
- Rules apply to all members;
- Deliberate cheating using doping substances (eg anabolic steroids, growth hormone, EPO) and calculating doping methods such as blood transfusions will now be sanctioned with 4-year bans for the first offence;
- Inadvertent doping will still result, in many cases, in a 2-year ban
Please also refer to the BWF website (linked here) for more information on the following:
- World Anti-Doping Code (1 January 2015)
- UK Anti-Doping Regulations (1 January 2015)
- WADA Prohibited List (1 January 2019)
- Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
- Whereabouts Information - BWF Registered Testing Pool
What is anti-doping?
Anti-doping is integral to clean sport. As an athlete, it's important you are clued up on the anti-doping rules so that you can continue to enjoy and achieve success in your sport. UK Anti-Doping is the national body responsible for protecting clean sport in the UK. They ensure that sports bodies in the UK comply with the World Anti-Doping Code which governs clean sport.
100% me – supporting athletes to be clean
100% me is UK Anti-Doping's prevention programme and is designed to help you throughout your sporting journey. 100% me supports, informs and educates athletes throughout their careers by providing anti-doping advice and guidance. Find out about 100% me in the dedicated Athlete Zone of the UK Anti-Doping website at 100% Percent Me
What is strict liability?
As an athlete, one of the most important things to be aware of is the principle of strict liability. This means that you are personally responsible for any banned substance found in your system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not you had an intention to cheat.
What are the anti-doping rules?
The World Anti-Doping Code outlines eight Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) which govern clean sport. Athletes – and athlete support personnel – may receive a ban from sport if any of the following ADRVs are committed:
- Returning a positive test
- Using, or attempting to use, a banned substance or method
- Refusal or failure to provide a sample when requested
- Tampering, or attempting to tamper, with any part of the testing process
- Possession of a banned substance or method
- Trafficking, or attempted trafficking, of any banned substance or method
- Administering, or attempted administering, of a banned substance or method to an athlete; or encouragement, aiding and/or covering up of any involvement in an ADRV
- Receiving of any combination of three filing failures and/or missed tests in a time period of 18 months (for athletes who are part of the National Registered Testing Pool).
The Prohibited List
All banned substances and methods in Code-compliant sports are outlined on the Prohibited List, which is updated at the beginning of every calendar year but may also be updated throughout the year. The latest Prohibited List can be found by clicking here
A summary of major modifications and explanatory notes regarding the latest prohibeted list can be found here
Key advice to staying clean
- Understand the importance of checking medications
Before taking any medication (whether from a doctor or bought over the counter) you must check it for banned substances. Medications can be checked online at www.globaldro.co.uk]. It is important to note that medications bought in one country may contain different ingredients to the same branded medication in another country. Global DRO www.globaldro.com
- Know the risk with using nutritional supplements
You are strongly advised to be very cautious if you choose to take any supplement such as vitamin tablets, energy/sports drinks, or sport-nutrition formulas. This is because there is no guarantee that any supplement is free from banned substances.
All athletes are advised to assess the need for the use of supplements in the first instance, ideally seeking advice from someone qualified in sports nutrition.
All athletes MUST assess the risk before making a decision to use supplements.
Visit the UK Anti-Doping website for further advise www.ukad.org.uk/supplements including information on the Informed Sport www.informed-sport.com programme and case studies of athletes who have been caught out.
- Apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if required
If you need to use a banned substance or method to treat a medical condition, you may have to apply for a TUE.
Before doing so Athletes may wish to consult with a medical professional to assess if there are any alternative treatments or medications.
You can find out more about whether you need a TUE and how to apply for one (including emergency TUEs here.
- Understand what happens in a test (also known as Doping Control)
You should feel prepared when notified that you are to be tested by Doping Control. If you are selected for testing, you should take a representative with you so they can support you. You should know your rights and responsibilities, including what may happen if you are unable to provide a sample.
UK Anti-Doping recommends that you follow your normal hydration routines and that you follow the instructions given by the Doping Control Officer. You should be prepared to provide details of any substances you have taken – this needs to be written on the Doping Control form. This is your test and your sample, Find out more about testing and your rights and responsibilities on this page http://ukad.org.uk/education/athletes/
Know where to look for support and advice
Please do not hesitate to ask questions about the anti-doping rules. As well as asking your NGB, coaches and support personnel, you may also contact UK Anti-Doping directly, who will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance.
We all have a responsibility to report doping in sport and help keep it clean. A 24-hour dedicated phone line, hosted by Crimestoppers, is ready to take your call if you have any suspicions or concerns about incidences of doping in sport. You can provide information in complete confidence by calling 08000 32 23 32 or via a secure online form All information is passed securely to UK Anti-Doping's intelligence unit for investigation.
Useful links and resources
UK Anti-Doping Advice Card
For essential anti-doping information, download or request your copy of the latest UK Anti-Doping Advice Card.
Check your medications on Global DRO
Remember to check all medications on Global DRO where you can search by ingredients or brand name.
Assess the risk of supplements on Informed Sport
You can find information on supplements and ways of reducing the risks on Informed Sport.
Register with UK Anti-Doping
Visit UK Anti-Doping's website and register to keep up to date with the latest news. Click here to register.
For more information from UK Anti-Doping:
If you're an athlete click here
If you're a coach click here
If you're a support person click here
If you're a parent click here