Doping Control

IFSS manages a testing program in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC). The program is under continues improvement in line with research developments and is designed to be preventive, deterrent and detective.

Doping controls may include sampling of urine and/or blood, for direct analysis of presence of a prohibited substances or method and/or for the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). The ABP can be described as a biological longitudinal follow-up of some specific prohibited substances and methods, which may reveal unnatural variations in an athlete sample due to doping.

The doping control process
Doping control of humans (also known as testing or sample collection) follows rigorous rules established by World Antidoping Agency (WADA), which supports the principals of human rights and proportionality. Doping control rules for dogs are not only affected by WADA requirements, but also by legal and veterinarian requirements for animals and animal welfare.

This short video provides you with basic information, step by step through the human doping control process. A similar step by step by step procedure for doping control of dogs is available here.

Who can be tested?
As an International Federation, IFSS primary focus for testing are todays and tomorrow’s top-level athletes and their dogs. However, any athlete and dog who participate in activities organized, convened, or authorized by IFSS - or any National Federation or affiliate organization (clubs etc) - may be tested.

International-Level Athlete (ILA)
With reference to the IFSS Anti-Doping Rules, the following athletes are defined as ILA:

  • Athletes who are part of the IFSS´s Athlete Pool 1, 2 or 3.

  • Medal winning athletes in any of the specified classes in the most recent World Championships:
    - World Championship Dryland DBM, DBW, DCM and DCW
    - World Championship on snow SM1, SW1, Sp2, Sp4 and Sp6

  • Athletes with excellent performance in other international competitions in the specified competition classes as decided by the IFSS Anti-Doping Committee.

The inclusion of athletes in the group of ILA will be updated prior to each season, after each World Championship and/or whenever otherwise necessary. New athletes included as well as athletes excluded will be immediately informed by the IFSS Anti-Doping Committee.

Athlete Whereabouts Pools
To manage the doping control program and maximize deterrence and detection, IFSS is depending on whereabouts information to be able to test top-level athletes at any time, in- and out of competition. For this purpose, three Athlete Whereabouts Pools with different whereabouts reporting requirements have been established in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code:

IFSS Athlete Pool 1
The pool includes:

  • International-level athletes who is serving a period of at least 48 months ineligibility for an anti-doping rule violation.

IFSS Athlete Pool 2
The pool includes:

  • International-level athletes, who are serving a period of at least 12 months ineligibility for an anti-doping rule violation.
  • Athletes in Pool 3 who has repeatedly failed to deliver required whereabouts information to IFSS, or for which the relevant National Federation has repeatedly failed to deliver the required whereabouts information to IFSS.

IFSS Athlete Pool 3
The pool includes:

Athletes covered by these pools will receive detailed information about the whereabout reporting requirements from IFSS Anti-Doping Committee or his/her National Federation. Athletes will also be informed when they are no longer included in a Pool.

Testing statistics
Doping control samples* and anti-doping rule violations (ADRV) 2016-2020:

Additional samples have been collected by National Federations and NADO’s.

Current sanctions
In accordance with the IFSS Anti-Doping Rules, and in line with World Anti-Doping Code, any athlete or other person who have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) will be publicly disclosed by publishing on this website during the period of any ineligibility or at least one month.

Presently there are no current sanctions.

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