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** Doctors who are involved in Sports and Exercise Medicine are advised that the Irish Sports Council has adopted a new policy in relation to applications for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) ** 

Doctors are advised to consult the Irish Sports Council website for details about this important change. For convenience, some of the information from the IIS website is reproduced hereunder.


For 2010, the following athletes must apply for a TUE prior to using a Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method;
a) All Athletes in the Irish Sports Council's Registered Testing Pool (ISC RTP)
b) Athletes who are part of an International Federation's (IF) Registered Testing Pool and those competing in International Events, as defined by the IF

Athletes who are part of the ISC RTP are informed by the ISC in writing and advised of the TUE requirements.

Athletes who are not on the ISC RTP but are on their IF RTP or are competing in international level events, should check with their IF to see what the TUE requirements are. Some IFs publish these details on their websites.


All other Athletes can apply for a TUE retroactively, i.e. if an athlete is tested and the lab reports an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF), the Irish Sports Council Anti Doping Unit will contact the athlete and request the athlete to submit his/her medical file to the TUE Committee, along with a TUE application. All athletes are urged to ensure that their doctor keeps their medical records up to date at all times.

If the Athlete is unable to prove that he/she was using the Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method for a legitimate therapeutic purpose, the AAF will stand and the National Governing Body will start proceedings for a Disciplinary Hearing. If the TUE Committee reviews the medical file and is happy that the athlete was using the Prohibited Substance or Method for a legitimate purpose, the AAF is not pursued and no action is taken against the athlete.

If an athlete is unsure about whether he/she should apply for a TUE in advance, he/she can contact the Irish Sports Council. Athletes to whom the Post-Test TUE Policy applies may still apply to the ISC for a TUE in advance of using the Prohibited Substance or Method."

A listing of IF contacts is available at


The ISC no longer has a Declaration of Use Form. All medications and supplements must be declared by the athlete at the time of a drug test on the Doping Control Form. This is especially important for athletes using Beta2Agonists and Glucocorticosteroids.


All previously granted Abbreviated TUEs (ATUEs) have now expired since December 31st, 2009. This has come about with the introduction of the updated WADA International Standard for TUEs. This also applies to TUEs previously granted by International Federations.

If you fit the criteria listed above for a Pre-Test TUE you should now follow the steps below and re-apply for a TUE. If you fit the criteria listed above for a Post-Test TUE you should contact your GP/Consultant to ensure that they have an up to date medical file for you."


Doctors treating athletes who are on a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) - either Irish Sports Council registered testing pool (ISC RTP) or International Federation testing pool (IF RTP) are advised that the athlete must apply for a pre-test TUE.

Doctors treating athletes who may be subject to doping control tests but who are not on a Registered Testing Pool are strongly advised to keep up-to-date complete and accurate medical file in relation to the use of a substance or method which may result in an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF). This file will then be used by the athlete to apply for a post-test TUE.

Dr Conor O'Brien

Chairman of the Anti-Doping Working Group

February 2015