2015 IHF Anti-Doping Regulations

Jan. 26, 2015, 12 a.m. (ET)

January 19, 2015

The International Handball Council (IHF) unanimously approved new IHF Anti-Doping Regulations on November 21, 2014, at the IHF Council Meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany. The new regulations went into effect on January 1, 2015.

The most important changes to the Regulations are listed below:

Definition of International Level athlete: 
The Code requires IFs to clearly define the International Level Athletes. Those athletes will be subject to specific treatment concerning TUE (see hereunder), Results Management, Appeal Process. The NADOs will be required to define the National Level ones.

Art 2: There are now 10 types of violations. The prohibited association has been added (see art. 2.10 of the Code)

Art 4: Therapeutic Use Exemption: New Recognition process: 1) International Level athlete always apply to IF 2) If they already have a TUE, IF must recognize the TUE 3) IF may choose to extend validity of TUE automatically (without a real recognition process) for all the class of substances or for selected class of substances.

Art 5: Whereabouts/OOC Tests: IFs may decide (based on their Test Distribution Plan), to have different tiers of Testing Pools. IFs may have an RTP (Registered Testing Pool) as before (with athletes providing whereabouts every day, and also subject to eventual sanctions) and/or have Testing Pools (with athletes providing only general information, for example address of home and training, telephone number etc.) The Athletes in the Testing Pool are not subject to sanction in case they are not available for testing. Please note that RTP should be tested at least 3 times per year. Any athlete who is tested more than 3 times per year shall be included in the RTP.

Art 7: Results Management: Possibility to have an agreement between parties (IF and Athletes) on the applicable sanctions, this agreement will be considered as the decision for the case.

Art 10: Sanctions: The standard sanction will be 4 years for cases involving non-specified substances. The new Code introduces the concept of “Intentionality” of the violation. Other violations have different ineligibility periods. In case of Specified Substances under some conditions the sanction will go from a reprimand till 2 years sanction as happened under 2009 Code. There is the introduction of the concept of contaminated product. The aggravating circumstances do not exist anymore. There is also a new rule concerning the calculation of the ineligibility period in case of second and third violation. 

In the case that more than two members of a team are found to have committed an anti-doping violation, the IHF Council will find an appropriate sanction. 

Any reference to “Disqualification of Results” is now clearly limited to the forfeiture of any medals and prizes. It was important to clearly define what disqualification of results entails for greater clarity within the rules.

Other important aspects present in the relevant International Standards:

Steroidal Module of Athlete Biological Passport (which has actually been in place since beginning of 2014).

Technical Document for test menu. Based on this new document, which has been in force since 1 January 2015, IFs should request laboratories to analyze for certain substances (e.g. epo, hgh, etc.) based on a percentage determined considering the risks of doping in the sport.

The full English version of the new IHF Anti-Doping Regulations is available for download HERE.