EHF Anti-Doping Unit

About the EAU

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, handled in a close coordination with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Handball Federation (IHF), are approved accordingly.

EAU working for a clean sport!

There is always one message that Prof. Hans Holdhaus, the Head of the EHF Anti-Doping Unit, wants to bring across when talking about his daily work: "The sport has to be clean."

"Generally, it is our task to implement the requirements we receive from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in European competitions in cooperation with the International Handball Federation (IHF). And that, of course, involves doping tests in and out of competition,” Holdhaus explains.

"But the second field we work in is the field of education and information, and I think that’s even more important than the tests themselves."

"Thankfully, handball is among the sports in which doping is not the biggest topic of all. But the danger is that it could emerge through carelessness on the side of the player."

"The player doesn’t want to dope at all, but at the same time they don’t know the rules inside out. So, they for example, takes some dietary supplement and suddenly it becomes a doping case. And that’s the area in which we have to educate and inform."

Therefore, National Federations have been obliged to carry out their own education activities and EHF have requested that all players and officials make use of the ADeL e-learning tool provided by WADA.

ADeL is a free resource and provides comprehensive information for athletes, coaches, administrators and parents on anti-doping issues in sport.

We are proud to announce that in season 2018/2019, EAU carried out 326 doping tests in and out of competition, to which all tests were negative. Testing was carried out across all club and national team competitions and events including younger age category competitions, European Cup competitions and beach handball.

Keep Handball Clean!
EHF Anti-Doping Unit

Contact details

European Handball Federation Anti-Doping Unit/EAUHoffingergasse 18
1120 Wien, Austria

Prof. Hans Holdhaus
(Head of EHF Anti-Doping Unit)
Mobile: +43-664-3570419

Nadezhda Lacina(EHF Anti-Doping Unit Manager)
Phone: + 43 1 801 51 147

The doping control information and videos provides athletes with basic information about their rights and responsibilities in the doping control process and outlines each phases of the process: athlete selection, athlete notification, sample collection, laboratory analysis, and results management.

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Therapeutic Use Exemption

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The International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions is a mandatory International Standard developed as part of the World Anti-Doping Program.

The purpose of the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions is to establish (a) the conditions that must be satisfied in order for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (or TUE) to be granted, permitting the presence of a Prohibited Substance in an Athlete’s Sample or the Athlete’s Use or Attempted Use, Possession and/or Administration or Attempted Administration of a Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method for therapeutic reasons; (b) the responsibilities imposed on Anti-Doping Organizations in making and communicating TUE decisions; (c) the process for an Athlete to apply for a TUE; ( d) the process for an Athlete to get a TUE granted by one Anti-Doping Organization recognized by another Anti-Doping Organization; (e) the process for WADA to review TUE decisions; and (f) the strict confidentiality provisions that apply to the TUE process.

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Since 2004, and as mandated by World Anti-Doping Code, WADA has published an annual List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (List).The List, which forms one of the six International Standards, identifies the substances and methods prohibited in- and out-of-competition, and in particular sports. The substances and methods on the List are classified by different categories (e.g., steroids, stimulants, gene doping).

The 2023 Prohibited List (effective from 1 January 2023) can be downloaded and printed from the Resources sections, or

The International Standard for Results Management is a mandatory International Standard developed as part of the World Anti-Doping Program.

The purpose of the International Standard for Results Management is to set out the core responsibilities of Anti-Doping Organizations with respect to Results Management. In addition to describing certain general principles of Results Management (section 4), this International Standard also sets out the core obligations applicable to the various phases of Results Management from the initial review and notification of potential anti-doping rule violations (section 5), through Provisional Suspensions (section 6), the assertion of anti-doping rule violations and proposal of Consequences (section 7), the Hearing Process (section 8) until the issuance and notification of the decision (section 9) and appeal (section 10).

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When an athlete or athlete support person commits a doping offence, it is known as an ADRV. Certain consequences or sanctions apply to the athlete or athlete support person who commits an anti-doping rule violation.


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The Anti-Doping e-Learning platform (ADeL) offers access to all topics related to clean sport and anti-doping. It offers courses for athletes, coaches, doctors, administrators, parents and anyone interested in learning more about anti-doping and protecting the values of clean sport. ADeL currently includes the following modules:

  • Coach True
  • Sport Physician’s Tool Kit Online
  • Ado Kickstart
  • Parents' Guide to Support Clean Sport
  • ADeL User Guide