A policy to control the procedures and drugs used to gain an unfair advantage in sports. A good drugs control policy not only lists banned substances and procedures, but has a fair and effective testing programme (including good collection and testing procedures), and takes strong action against any well-proven contraventions of the policy. The most influential drug control policy is that of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Its drug control policy incorporates out-of-competition testing as well as in-competition testing for drugs. A doctor may prescribe a drug on the Agency's 2005 Prohibited List, or a coach may encourage an athlete to take drugs, but in the eyes of sporting authorities administering drug control policies, the responsibility for adhering to the policy rests solely with the athlete.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.