Anti-doping Rules

Anti-doping Rules

The WKGB has adopted the British Karate federation (BKF) Anti -Doping Rules as follows:

The British Karate Federation (BKF) has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel must abide by. The anti-doping rules for the BKF are consistent with the World Anti- Doping Code (2015 Code) which governs anti-doping internationally. The anti-doping rules of the BKF are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or any successor bodies), as amended from time to time. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as the rules of British Karate.

You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules here:

If you are a member of British Karate then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at.


There are many organisations that work hard to protect sport. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is responsible for leading the collaborative world-wide campaign for clean sport. Established in 1999 as an independent agency and funded by both sport and governments, it manages the development of the World Anti-Doping Code. The Code aims to harmonise all anti-doping policies ensuring that athletes and athlete support personnel are treated fairly and consistently. The aims of the 2015 Code and WADA are to:

  • Protect the Athletes' fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for Athletes worldwide, and Ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programmes at the international and national level with regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping UKAD In the UK, the BKF works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to prevent doping. UKAD is the national anti-doping agency for the UK, dedicated to protecting a culture of clean sport - it achieves this through implementing education and testing programmes, gathering and developing intelligence, and prosecuting those found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

UKAD is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through the implementation and management of the UK's National Anti-Doping Policy.


100% me - Supporting Athletes to be Clean

100% me is UK Anti-Doping's education programme for athletes - designed to provide information resources, education sessions and general advice to athletes throughout their sporting careers.

Find out more about 100% me in the dedicated Athlete Zone of the UKAD website.

Strict Liability

Strict liability means that all athletes are solely responsible for any banned substance they use, attempt to use, or that is found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not they had an intention to cheat.

It is crucial that athletes check all medications are safe to take prior to use. Medications can be checked online via Global DRO.

Athletes must undertake thorough internet research of any supplement products before use - including the name of the product and the ingredients/substances listed. Information revealed as a result should be further investigated and we advise athletes to keep evidence of their search. What are the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)? The 2015 Code outlines ten Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). Athletes, and Athlete Support Personnel (ASP), may receive a ban from sport if any of the following ADRVs are committed:

  1. Returning a positive test.
  2. Using, or attempting to use, a banned substance or method.
  3. Refusal or failure to provide a sample when requested.
  4. Tampering, or attempting to tamper, with any part of the testing process.
  5. Possession of a banned substance or method
  6. Trafficking, or attempted trafficking, of any banned substance or method.
  7. Administering, or attempted administering, of a banned substance or method to an athlete; or encouragement, aiding and/or covering up of any involvement in an ADRV.
  8. Receiving any combination of three filing failures and/or missed tests in a time period of 12 months (for athletes who are part of the National Registered Testing Pool).
  9. Complicity (new from 1 Jan 2015).
  10. Prohibited Association (new from 1 Jan 2015).


Under the 2015 Code, a minimum four-year ban from sport will apply to those who are found to be deliberately cheating and breaking the rules.

The 2015 Code has little sympathy for carelessness - for inadvertent doping, athletes are more likely to face a two-year ban from sport.

All athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel need to make sure they have sufficient anti-doping knowledge to avoid committing an ADRV and receiving a ban from sport.

Managing Inadvertent Doping Risks

The Prohibited List

All banned substances and methods in Code-compliant sports are outlined in the Prohibited List, which is updated at the beginning of every calendar year, but may also be updated throughout the year. The latest Prohibited List can be found on the WADA website.


Understand the Importance of Checking Medications

Before taking any medication (whether from a doctor or bought over the counter) athletes must check to make sure it does not contain any banned substances. Medications can be checked online at Global DRO. It is important to note that medications bought in one country may contain different ingredients to the same branded medication in another country. GlobalDro website


Know the Risks with Nutritional Supplements

Athletes are strongly advised to be very cautious if they choose to take any supplement such as vitamin tablets, energy drinks, or sport-nutrition formulas. This is because there is no guarantee that any supplement is free from banned substances.

All athletes are advised to:

  • Assess the need to use supplements by seeking advice from a medical professional or nutritionist on their need to use supplement products
  • Assess the risks associated with supplements and undertake thorough research of all supplement products they are considering taking
  • Assess the consequences to their careers - they could receive a four-year ban
  • However, supplement risks can be reduced by:
    • Undertaking thorough research
    • Only use batch-tested products. Visit the Informed Sport programme website. which provides a batch-testing service for supplement products.
    • Checking on Informed-Sport (which is a risk minimisation programme) that the supplement has been batch tested.

Apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

Athletes who need to use a banned substance or method to treat a genuine medical condition, and there are no reasonable alternatives, may have to apply for a TUE.

  • International-level athletes (as defined by their International Federation) need to apply to their International Federation for a TUE
  • Athletes competing at National level need to apply to UKAD for a TUE

Athletes who have an existing TUE issued by UKAD do not need to reapply for a new TUE when becoming an International-Level Athlete. They should provide their International Federation with a copy of their TUE to ensure it is recognised.

Athletes listed under the 'National' category for their sport must apply for their TUE in advance of competing. The 'National' category for TUEs is defined by UKAD by sport and can be found on UKAD's website. Only in an emergency situation or where there will be a severe impact on health should treatment begin without the necessary approval.

You can find out more about whether you need a TUE and how to apply for one (including emergency TUEs) on the UKAD website.


Athletes can find out more about testing, including their rights and responsibilities, in the Athlete Zone or by downloading the Clean Sport App from their app store. Know Where to Look for Support and Advice

Please do not hesitate to ask questions about the anti-doping rules. As well as asking coaches and athlete support personnel, you may also contact UKAD directly, who will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance.

The British Karate Federation Anti-Doping Officer

Gary Anderson British Karate Federation - Performance Director & Olympic Team Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)7525 613329
Skype: elite-performance

Gary is an accredited UKAD advisor.

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