How to apply for TUE?

HOW TO APPLY TO WMF FOR A TUE?

WMF encourages TUE applications using the form available in ADAMS, and submitting the required medical file through ADAMS. If you do not have an ADAMS account yet, please contact WMF Anti-Doping Officer to have your account set up.

Otherwise, please download the WMF TUE application form 2020, and once duly completed and signed, send it together with the required medical files to WMF Anti-Doping Officer.

Your TUE application must be submitted in legible English (or French) using capital letters or typing.

The medical file includes:

  • A comprehensive medical history, including documentation from the original diagnosing physician(s) (where possible);
  • The results of all examinations, laboratory investigations and imaging studies relevant to the application;
  • If the medical file is not in English or French, a summary explaining, in English or French, the key elements of the diagnosis, clinical examinations, medical tests and treatment plan must be provided.

Any TUE application that is not complete or legible will not be dealt with and will be returned for completion and re-submission.

To assist you and your doctor in providing the correct medical documentation, we suggest consulting the WADA’s Checklists for TUE applications for guidance and support, and Medical Information to Support the Decisions of TUECs for guidance on specific common medical conditions, treatments, substances, etc.

Keep a complete copy of the TUE application form and all medical information submitted in support of your application, and proof that it has been sent.


HOW TO SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION OF MY NADO'S TUE TO WMF?

Your request for recognition must be submitted using the copy of your NADO’s TUE certificate, WMF TUE application form 2020 (in English [or French]) and supporting medical file. Please send it to WMF Anti-Doping Officer.

It is not necessary to translate all medical information into English (or French). However, an English (or French) summary explaining the diagnosis and key information about medical exams, medical tests and treatment plans is required. 

Any request for recognition that is not complete or legible will not be dealt with and will be returned for completion and re-submission. 

Keep a complete copy of the proof that your request for recognition has been sent to WMF. 

You can also simply submit your request for recognition to WMF, quoting your ADAMS NADO’s TUE reference number, if provided.


WHEN WILL I RECEIVE A DECISION ON MY TUE APPLICATION (OR REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION)?

WMF’s TUEC’s decision will be communicated in writing to you within 21 days from the date of receipt of the complete TUE application (or request for recognition), including the required medical information, by WMF.


WHAT ABOUT THE RENEWAL OF MY TUE?

Each TUE has a specific duration, at the end of which it expires automatically. Should you need to continue to use the Prohibited Substance or Method, it is your responsibility to submit a new application for a TUE with updated medical information ahead the expiry date, so that there is sufficient time for a decision to be made prior to the expiry of the current TUE.

Important note:

The presence (following Sample Collection), use, possession or administration of the Prohibited Substance or Method shall be consistent with the terms of your TUE. Therefore, in the event that, after your TUE is granted, you require a materially different dosage, frequency, route or duration of administration, you must apply for a new TUE.


WHAT IF MY WMF'S TUE APPLICATION IS DENIED?

A decision to deny a TUE application includes an explanation of the reason(s) for the denial. If it is not clear to you, please contact WMF Anti-Doping Officer to understand exactly why the TUE was denied. Sometimes, there may be a critical piece of information, diagnostic test, laboratory results missing, etc.

Failing this: You and/or your NADO may refer the matter to WADA for review no later than 21 days after the decision was rendered by the TUEC by sending the same information that you submitted to your TUEC and on which they based their decision to deny the TUE via registered mail at:

WADA Medical Director
World Anti-Doping Agency
800 Square Victoria
Montreal, H4Z 1B7, QC
Canada 

However, WADA is not obliged to proceed with such review. In that case, you and/or your NADO may appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).


WHAT IF MY NADO'S TUE IS NOT RECOGNISED BY WMF?

You and/or your NADO have 21 days to refer the matter WADA for review. You can appeal the decision by sending a registered letter together with the same information that was submitted to your TUEC and on which they based their decision not to recognize the TUE via registered mail at:

WADA Medical Director
World Anti-Doping Agency
800 Square Victoria
Montreal, H4Z 1B7, QC
Canada

Pending WADA’s decision, your NADO’s TUE remains valid for National-Level Competition and Out-of-Competition Testing only.

If the matter is not referred to WADA for review, the TUE becomes invalid for any purpose when the 21-day review deadline expires.


WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?

All the information contained in a TUE application, including the supporting medical information and any other information related to the evaluation of your TUE request is kept strictly confidential and treated in accordance with the Athlete’s Declaration contained in the ADAMS TUE processand in the WMF TUE application form 2020. All members of the TUEC and any other authorized recipients of your TUE request and related information (as described in the Athlete’s Declaration) are subject to a professional or contractual confidentiality obligation. 

Please review the terms of the Athlete’s Declaration carefully. In particular, please note that should you wish to revoke the right of the WMF’s TUEC to obtain the information related to your TUE request in accordance with the Athlete’s Declaration, your TUE application will be deemed withdrawn without approval (or recognition) being granted. 

Your TUE request-related information will be retained by WMF and any other authorized recipients for no longer than necessary for the purposes stated in the Athlete’s Declaration, in accordance with the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.

For any further information and questions in relation to WMF’s personal information practices, please contact WMF Data Protection Officer.

If you have a doubt as regards to which organization you should apply for a TUE, or as to the recognition process, or any other question with regard to TUEs, please contact: WMF Anti-Doping Officer.


OTHER USEFUL LINKS

WADA International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE)

WADA Guidelines for Therapeutic Use Exemptions

WADA Q&A on Therapeutic Use Exemptions

WADA Medical Information to support the decisions of TUECs

WADA Checklists for TUE applications

At-a-Glance - Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)

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