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Anti-Doping law

On this page you will find useful information on the German anti-doping law.


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 November 12, 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 its work. NADA included its external Data Protection Officer Dr. Wolfgang von Pommer Esche in the process. The comments of NADA from February 20, 2015 can be found here.

Upon receipt of the various opinions the law was discussed in the relevant committees. The Federal Council approved the new law on 27 November 2015 which has already been adopted by the Bundestag. On 17 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 organized 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 the law enforcement agencies to dismantle doping networks. The data exchange between NADA, courts and prosecutors is for the first time 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).

A brief overview of the content can be found in the fact sheet below.

Important documents

Fact Sheet zum Inhalt des Gesetzes


Fact Sheet Änderungen für Verbände