Bill amending the Anti-Doping Act
NADA's statement on the need for amendments and additions to the Anti-Doping Act can be found on the BMJV homepage (www.bmjv.de).
The law was drafted by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Health. A first draft was presented on the 12th of November 2014. Various institutions, including NADA, had the opportunity to comment the draft. NADA has delved into the legislative text and, in particular, commented on the passages directly relevant to its work. NADA included its external Data Protection Officer Dr. Wolfgang von Pommer Esche in the process. The comments of NADA from February 20th, 2015 can be found here.
Upon receipt of the various opinions, the law was discussed by the relevant committees. The Federal Council approved the new law on November 27th, 2015 which has already been adopted by the Bundestag. On the 17th of December 2015, the law came into effect with its publication in the Federal Law Gazette.
The law covers all criminal doping offenses, which were previously recorded in the Medical Act. In addition, the law regulates that self-doping is a criminal offense. For the first time specifically athletes that dope themselves, intending to gain the advantages of doping in organised sport, are included in the law. Also the acquisition and possession of small amounts of doping products for self-doping are punishable. In addition, the rules for backers were tightened. The new anti-doping law helps law enforcement agencies to dismantle doping networks. For the first time, the data exchange between NADA, courts and prosecutors is regulated by law.
The publication of the Anti-Doping Act in the Federal Law Gazette can be found under following link: http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/englisch_antidopg/. A brief overview of the content can be found in the fact sheets on the right side (just in German language).