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The National Anti-Doping Code (NADC)

For sport in Germany the anti-doping regulations of the National Anti Doping Agency, the National Anti-Doping Code (NADC), are the most important sports overarching rules in the field of doping. As the NADC is based on the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) and its relevant so-called "International Standards", the prescribed mandatory sections by WADA (e.g. article 2 violations against anti-doping rules) have to be adopted and implemented by NADA Germany and the sports federations.

By adopting the WADC in Leipzig on the 10th of December 2003, NADA Germany, together with the former National Olympic Committee for Germany, committed to implementing the WADC into sporting reality.

The first version of the NADC was approved by the NADA's Board of Directors in late October 2004, and implemented by the German sport federations by the end of 2005.

NADA first revised the NADC at the end of 2005. In doing so, NADA took into account the relevant WADA guidelines. In addition, many practical experiences and comments of the national sports federations were included. For the athletes and national sports federations, the NADC 2006 came into force on 1 April 2006. A further revision of the NADC took place in 2008. With the revision of the WADC 2009, the NADC 2009 came into force on 1 January 2009.

The NADC 2009 was editorially revised in Germany on 1 July 2010. Version 2.0 of NADC 2009 was valid until 31 December 2014.

In order to meet current requirements, the NADC was again fundamentally revised for 2015. Overall, it can be said that the new NADC 2015 (as well as the WADC 2015) is an important step on the way to more international justice and thus more equal opportunities in sport.

On 21 August 2020, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) officially recognised the English version of NADA's National Anti-Doping Code 2021 (NADC21). NADA thus correctly implements the requirements of the revised World Anti-Doping Code 2021 (WADC2021) in the national rules and regulations and is therefore declared "compliant" by WADA. WADC2021 and NADC21 will come into force on 1 January 2021 and replace the previous regulations from 2015.

The NADC and the standards can be found below or in the download section.

NADA-Code 2015

1,3 MB

NADC21 (Redline version)


Synopsis for NADC21