The Ad Hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) is a committee of experts responsible for coordinating the positions of States parties to the European Cultural Convention acting on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).


The CAHAMA’s mission is to:

  • examine the issues concerning relations between the Council of Europe, its Member States and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and to decide on a common position, when possible, on these issues;
  • draw up, if necessary, opinions for the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on these issues, including the budgetary elements;
  • periodically revise the mandate of members of the WADA Foundation Board appointed by the Council of Europe.


The CAHAMA is made up exclusively of States parties to the European Cultural Convention. Each State nominates its delegate, who can be a high official from a national ministry or the national anti-doping authority. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Commission can be represented at CAHAMA meetings, the latter being as an observer. The representatives of the Europe region on the Foundation Board and in the Executive Committee of WADA are also invited to the meetings of the CAHAMA.

The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected on a majority of votes for duration of 2 years. This mandate can be renewed once.


The CAHAMA meetings are three times times per year prior to the WADA Foundation Board and Executive Committee meetings every May, September and November. Each country has one vote.