Sport Conventions

Fight against doping: the priorities

The action against doping includes four priorities:
To create a database of national anti-doping policies
To create adapted educational programmes
To contribute to the International Anti-Doping Convention project
To fight against the trafficking of doping substances

To create a database of national anti-doping policies  

This database has been running since August 2005 for use by the national anti-doping authorities. Its aim is to collect the information provided by the States parties to the Anti-Doping Convention on the implementation of its articles.

The database is divided into 2 main sections:

  • questionnaires to complete online by the States parties;
  • overview reports produced from the data entered, in the form of either a country-specific national report or a general annual report.

This will also serve as a library, making legal documents and national anti-doping legislations available. The compatibility of this application with the ADAMS database of the World Anti-Doping Agency will allow States to avoid having to enter the same data twice. In 2007, the data sent to ADAMS will appear automatically on the Council of Europe database.

To create adapted educational programmes 

To contribute to the International Anti-Doping Convention project  

The International Convention against doping in sport of the UNESCO came into force on 1 February 2007 following up on concrete measures taken by the Council of Europe (Anti-Doping Convention, 1989) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (World Anti-Doping Code, 2003). This convention aims to harmonise the efforts made against doping at international level.

The Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention, through the Advisory Group on Legal Issues (T-DO LI), participated in the Convention project. The main concern was to ensure the compatibility of the international convention with the text of the Anti-Doping Convention of the Council of Europe.

To fight against the trafficking of doping substances 

In 2000, the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention prepared a recommendation aiming to stop the trafficking of doping substances. The text proposes that States parties to the Convention introduce a series of basic principles in their legislation.

A seminar was organised in 2006 and aimed to co-ordinate national authorities’ actions to protect the European area concerned by the Anti-Doping Convention.