The Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention
The body in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Anti-Doping Convention is the Monitoring Group. As part of its international co-operation on doping issues, its activities involve working with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the international sports federations.
The main mission of the Monitoring Group is to make sure the treaty is respected by the States parties. To this end, it produces reports on the implementation of the Convention and organises consultative and evaluation visits. It can also go into some provisions in more depth by drawing up recommendations.
Moreover, the Monitoring Group updates the list of banned doping substances and methods (in annex to the Convention) every year in response to the ever evolving doping techniques.
Who makes up the Monitoring Group?
The Monitoring Group is made up of one or more national delegates nominated by the governments of the States parties to the Convention. To this day, the Convention counts 4 non-member States of the Council of Europe - Australia, Canada, Belarus and Tunisia - as well as several other non-European countries as observers. The Monitoring Group uses majority voting to elect its Chair and Vice-Chair for a mandate of 2 years, renewable once.
In order to deal with the issues relevant to its different areas of competence, the Monitoring Group has 4 specialised groups:
- The Advisory Group on Compliance (T-DO COMP)
- The Advisory Group on Education (T-DO ED)
- The Advisory Group on Legal Issues (T-DO LI)
- The Advisory Group on Science (T-DO SCI)
These groups are not made up of nominated members. Participation in the meetings is open to all States parties wishing to take part. The Monitoring Group, however, elects the Chair of each group.
How does it work?
The Monitoring Group meets twice a year, generally at the headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Decisions are taken by majority voting, each State party to the Convention having one vote. Each meeting is preceded by a Co-ordination Group meeting – made up of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Monitoring Group, the Chairs of the specialised groups and the Chair of the Ad Hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA).