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British Powerlifting is unequivocal in its opposition to drugs in sport and strictly adheres to the IPF and the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code. All international lifters are required to register with the IPF and are included in their Out of Competition Testing Pool.  In addition, competitors for British Championships are required to complete a 'whereabouts' form, as part of our new online application process, to enable OOC in the time period preceding the championships.

British Powerlifting is the only UK powerlifting organisation to have WADA approved drug testing independently carried out.

Click on the link to view our Anti-Doping Policy  

All our anti-doping testing is carried at our own expense, which is a major item in our budget.

Report Concerns

If you have concerns about the behaviour of individuals, or have specific information regarding the use of prohibited substances, please let  UKAD know via Protect your Sport.

At UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) we are passionate about protecting clean sport so that athletes can compete knowing they are doing so on a level playing field.

To help us catch cheats and to protect the integrity of sport, we need your help.

We know we can't do it alone. It takes a team.

If you have any suspicions of doping activity in sport, no matter how small the information may seem, you can come forward in confidence via our Protect Your Sport platforms.

To do this please visit Protect your Sport 

Join our Anti-Doping Team

If you are passionate about keeping Powerlifting 'Drug Free', please consider joining our Anti-Doping Team by registering with UKAD and undertaking the 'Coach Clean Course'.

By completing the (UKAD) Coach Clean Course  you play an essential role in informing athletes and their athlete support personnel (ASP) about the values of clean sport and important anti-doping information.

The programme is a free step-by-step learning module which explains the principles of clean sport and essential anti-doping information for coaches within drug free sport.

WADA Code and Prohibited List

Anti-Doping Education

ADEL is an online anti-doping education platform that offers interactive and informative education modules for everyone involved in sport. All Athletes and coaches are strongly encouraged to register for ADEL and to complete as many modules as possible.

Go to ADEL to register and learn about anti-doping.

Anti-Doping Links and Athlete Resources

As a responsible athlete you must ensure that all medications that you are taking do not contravene anti-doping rules. 

Please use the Global DRO and Informed Sport website to check the status of your branded medications and supplements.  Follow the various links below to learn more about anti-doping in sport.

IPF Documents and Guidance

IPF Anti-Doping Seminar 

IPF Warning on Supplement Use 

Global Drug Reference Online

Global DRO provides athletes and support personnel with information about the prohibited status of specific substances under the rules of sport based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List, for products sold in the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, United States and Australia. The system has the ability to check the status of branded medications and individual active ingredients as well as providing every search with a unique reference number for your records.

Informed Sport Online

The Global DRO website can not be used to check supplements and It is estimated that supplements are the biggest cause of inadvertent doping in the UK.

For this reason we advise all athletes to avoid the use of Supplements. However should you choose to take supplements you can minimise your risk by only taking products that have been batch tested by informed sport.

Find out more about Informed Sport here > 

WADA Website

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code - the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.

Find out more about WADA here > 

100% Me App

The new UK Anti-Doping Clean Sport app provides athletes with current information and advice regarding anti-doping in the UK. The user will select the National Governing Body (NGB) they are affiliated to in order to receive specific and relevant information.

Find out more about the app here > 

UKAD Athlete Zone

UKAD wants all athletes to be clean, stay clean and believe all others are clean. 100% me is here to help you throughout your sporting journey. 100% me is our values-based education and information programme just for athletes - designed to help you meet your anti-doping responsibilities. Remember anti-doping is not something that can be ignored or delegated, and not know is not an excuse!

Find out more about UKAD Athletes here > 

UKAD Coach Clean Course

British Powerlifting Coaches that have undertaken the UKAD 'Coach Clean' Course are listed below to give all members an additional point of contact within the organisation for anti-doping advice.

To be added to our register, please forward the following information to

- Full Name

- 'Coach Clean' Certification

- Home Nation/Region/Division

- Contact Email Address

Register of UKAD 'Coach Clean' Certificate Holders - being updated.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)

'Therapeutic Use Exemptions' allow some athletes to legitimately compete whilst taking medication ordinarily banned under WADA rules.

More information can be found regarding this in the following WADA documents..

WADA Therapeutic Use Exemption Guide

Any British Powerlifting Member that wishes to have a TUE claim considered must submit a completed TUE form directly to British Powerlifting using the email address below. 

Please follow the link to download a 'Therapeutic Use Exemption Form'  

The Strict Liability Principle

 Strict liability means that you are solely responsible for any banned substance you use, attempt to use, or is found in your system, regardless of how it got there or whether there was any intention to cheat.

What Happens in a Test

 Athletes should feel prepared and know their rights and responsibilities when they are notified to be tested by a Chaperone or Doping Control Officer. Check out this video below on the testing process from start to finish.

The Testing Process

Anti-Doping Rule Violations 

Breaking the anti-doping rules can result in a ban from all sport. The Code outlines the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). Athletes and athlete support personnel need to make sure they are fully aware of these violations, and the consequences of breaking them. For more information and what this means for those individuals, click here.

For information on individuals serving a ban from sport, visit UKAD's Sanction Page  on their website. 

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