Results management as by Art. 7.1.1 of the NADA-Code refers to the process from becoming aware of an adverse analytical finding (AAF) or of a possible filing failure or a missed test or of another anti-doping rule violation up until the disciplinary proceedings.
After receiving an adverse analytical finding through a NADA carried out control, the code number of the sample is decoded. NADA checks whether a TUE was present or the sample collection was not done according to the rules (Standard for Testing or the International Standard for Laboratories). If this is not the case, NADA informs the athlete concerned and the relevant federation. The athlete is thereby informed and invited to provide a statement on the allegations in writing. After considering the statement, the responsible organisation for the disciplinary proceedings decides whether a disciplinary proceeding is initiated or terminated. Information about disciplinary proceedings can be found here.
Whereabouts filing failures or missed test
Whereabouts failures and missed tests (so-called. "Strikes") can be determined for a missed test within the 60-minute test time window individually specified by an athlete (applies only to the RTP) and for filing failures (RTP and NTP), so the incomplete or incorrect indication of the whereabouts. Possible failures are checked by a NADA committee; and in the case of a failure they inform about the "strikes". Upon the athlete's request, an independent commission can examine the procedure on its accuracy.
If an athlete is found to have three "strikes" within 12 months, a process is initiated concerning an anti-doping rule violation by the respective sports federation or NADA which can result in a two year ban, with a possible reduction to one year, depending on the degree of fault. If there are different "strikes" from various organisations (WADA, NADA and to the responsible international federation), the "strikes" are added.
Other anti-doping rule violations
The athlete and the responsible sporting body will be informed first in regards to any other anti-doping violations. The athlete is requested to provide a statement. After reviewing the statement, the organisation responsible for the results management decides whether disciplinary proceedings will be initiated. For more information, click here.