EHF Anti-Doping Unit
Based on the decision of the 11th Ordinary Congress in July 2012 an independent EHF Anti-Doping Unit (EAU) was installed within the European Handball Federation.
The European Handball Federation places great importance on maintaining handball as a clean sport and sees doping as fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport.
The creation of the EHF Anti Doping Unit from 1 July 2012 will further strengthen the ability of the Federation, on a European level, not only to control and monitor but also to educate athletes and raise awareness of anti-doping issues.
The EHF Anti Doping Unit will be responsible for the arrangement and carrying out of controls, the development of awareness for non-intentional doping, the education and information process for young athletes, the coordination with national anti-doping agencies in Europe, the handling of therapeutic exemptions and further anti-doping measures.
All activities in connection with the foundation of the EHF Anti-Doping Unit were handled in a close coordination with the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA)/International Handball Federation (IHF) and were approved accordingly.
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EHF Regulations for Anti-Doping
Anti-doping regulations, like competitons regulations, are sport rules governing the conditions under which sport is played. Players and persons accept these rules as condition of participation and shall be bound by them.
The EHF Regulations for Anti-Doping were adopted by the EHF Executive Committee on 28 January, 2011 on the basis of the WADA Anti-Doping Code and the IHF Anti-Doping Regulations applicable at that date and agreed by the EHF Congress in June 2012.
World Anti-Doping Agency
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) with its headquarters in Montreal/CAN, was founded on 10 November, 1999 in Lausanne/SUI. WADA was created as an independent foundation and was set up as a result of an initiated World Doping Conference by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sport on both national and international level all over the world. WADA’s current president is John Fahey, a former Australian finance minister. For more information visit the official website.
World Anti-Doping Code
Core document for harmonising Anti-Doping policies, rules and regulations concerning anti-doping in all sports and countries worldwide is the World Anti-Doping Code, which was signed by more than 180 countries, national and international sport organizations, including the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee.
The World Anti-Doping Code goes together with five international standards aimed at harmonising the overlapping areas of testing, laboratories Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods and the protection of privacy and personal information. These five standards have been the subject of lengthy consultation among WADA’s stakeholders and are mandatory for all signatories of the Code.1) WADA Prohibited List.
1) WADA Prohibited List
In the List of Prohibited Substance and Methods all substances and methods which are forbidden in sport are listed and outlined. The official text of the Prohibited List is guided by WADA and published in English and French version. Should any discrepancies arise between the English and French versions, the English version will prevail.
2) International Standard for Testing
The aim of the International Standard for Testing (IST) is the effective test planning and sample collection process from notifying the athletes to transporting samples for the analysis. The current International Standard for Testing went into force on January 1, 2012.
3) International Standard for Laboratories
The main function of the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) is the receiving and production of valid test results and evidentiary data. Moreover achieving harmonised results and reporting from all accredited laboratories should be secured by ISL.
Additionally, the ISL and its related Technical Documents specify the criteria that must be fulfilled by anti-doping laboratories to achieve and maintain WADA accreditation. The current International Standard for Laboratories went in force on January 1, 2012.
4) International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemption
Here you can find approved process for allowing athletes to obtain exemptions for prohibited substances when a legitimate and evidential medical reason exists. The purpose of the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemption (ISTUE) is to ensure a harmonized process of granting TUEs across sports worldwide. The current International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemption, went into force on January 1, 2011.
5) International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information
The main purpose of the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPP) has to be ensuring a minimum privacy protection for all parties involved by collecting personal information as whereabouts, doping controls, test results and Therapeutic Use Exemptions. The current International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information, went into force on June1, 2009.
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European Handball Federation Anti-Doping Unit/EAU
(EHF Anti Doping Unit Manager)
Phone: +43-1-80151 147
Fax: +43-1-80151 149
Prof. Hans Holdhaus
(Head of EHF Anti-Doping Unit)