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Important Changes to the Prohibited List 2022 

Important changes in the individual classes of prohibited substances on the 2022 Prohibited List are presented below. Classes of the Prohibited List that do not contain any changes in 2022 compared to 2021 are not mentioned below.


Until 31.12.2021, glucocorticoids were prohibited within competition when used orally, rectally, intravenously or intramuscularly.

With the WADA Prohibited List 2022 coming into effect (as of 01/01/2022):
All glucocorticoids are prohibited in competition when used by the following routes of administration:

  • oral (by mouth). This includes, but is not limited to, oromucosal (via the oral mucosa), buccal (in the cheek pouch), gingival (on the gums) and sublingual (under the tongue) administration.
  • rectal (via the rectum),
  • any injectable routes. These include intravenous (into a vein), intramuscular (into a muscle), intra-articular (into a joint), periarticular (around a joint), peritendinous (around a tendon), intratendinous (into a tendon), or subcutaneous (under the skin) injections.

Out-of-competition glucocorticoid application methods listed above are allowed. Please note the appropriate washout periods (see table below) that should be observed after application of a glucocorticoid until at least the next competition.

All types of application other than those listed above are permitted at all times, both in and out of competition. These include dermal (on the skin), inhalational (by inhalation), nasal (in the nose), or ophthalmic (on the eye) use. With these types of application, it can be assumed that no high active ingredient concentrations are reached in the body.

Washout periods for glucocorticoids (source: WADA)

To estimate the required interval between a glucocorticoid application and the next competition, WADA has published so-called washout periods.

Further information from WADA can be found in the document "Glucocorticoids and Therapeutic Use Exemptions"

Table with application types, glucocorticoids and washout periodsEnlarge Image
Washout periods for glucocorticoids

Period "in competition"

Unless WADA has permitted a different time period for a particular sport, the "in-competition" period is generally the period just before midnight (at 11:59 p.m.) on the day before a Competition in which the Athlete is scheduled to participate until the end of that competition and completion of the relevant Testing.

Note for athletes

In principle, we recommend that you obtain a report from your attending specialist on any use of glucocorticoids prohibited in competition. This enables the treatment to be clearly traced in the event of queries.

Important questions and answers
about glucocorticoids /
cortisone in sports

Further changes

Important documents

Most important changes to the WADA Prohibited List 2022

Most important changes to the WADA Prohibited List 2022

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FAQ - Changes regarding cortisone as of 01.01.2022

FAQ - Changes regarding cortisone as of 01.01.2022

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Glucocorticoids and Therapeutic Use Exemptions

Glucocorticoids and Therapeutic Use Exemptions

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Cortisone in sports (flyer)

Cortisone in sports (flyer)

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Prohibited List 2022

Prohibited List 2022

WADA-Verbotsliste 2022 (Informatorische Übersetzung)

WADA-Verbotsliste 2022 (Informatorische Übersetzung)

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