The Prohibited List identifies substances and methods prohibited in-competition, at all times (i.e. in-and-out-of-competition) and in particular sports. 
Substances and methods are classified by categories (e.g. steroids, stimulants, masking agents). 
The list is updated annually and goes into effect January 1 of each year.
Download in various languages:

[all related documents on WADA page]

The 2023 Prohibited List [EN]  Summary of the Major Modifications 2022-2023 and Explanatory Notes [EN]

The 2024 Prohibited List [EN]  Summary of the Major Modifications 2023-2024 and Explanatory Notes [EN]

Do you have more questions? See the WADA’s Prohibited List Q&A.

Each athlete is responsible – strictly liable – for anything found in his/her body, regardless of how it got there or whether there was any intention to cheat.

If you are charged with having committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, it is not necessary to prove intent, fault, negligence or knowing use on your part. For example, the following are not valid defences: that the prohibited substance was not listed on the label or that your coach gave you a substance.

See WADA’s Q&A on Strict Liability in Anti-Doping


  • Be aware of the annual changes to the Prohibited List;
  • If you are using supplements, do your research to check if they contain prohibited substances;
  • Before taking any medication, make sure to check with your prescribing physician that it does not contain a prohibited substance;
  • Check that the medication does not contain any substances that would fall within a general category that is prohibited. An online database that can be used is  GlobalDRO
  • Inform your doctors and your medical personnel that you need to abide by the Anti-Doping Rules. If you use Prohibited Substances for therapeutic ends, make sue you obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) at the relevant time.

Global DRO – Check your Medication!

The Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) provides athletes and support personnel with information about the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

Global DRO does not contain information on, or that applies to, any dietary supplements.