UK ANTI-DOPING Information and TUE form
The DRA adopts a full anti-doping regime with regard to the Sport of Darts.
The anti-doping rules of the DRA are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by the Drug-Free Sport Directorte of UK Sport (or its successor) as amended from time to time:
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE BETA BLOCKERS*
Circular – Drug Testing in Darts Update on Beta Blockers
- 1 – Below is the official announcement by the DRA on Beta Blockers
- 2 – The DRA Rule 7.1.2 (ii)
- 3 – User friendly terms of what this means for members
1- Since 6th January 2019 unapproved use of Beta-Blockers has been subject to disciplinary rules (as then amended).
Given the complexity of processing Therapeutic Use Exemption Applications and other technical procedures required which flow from these rule changes, the DRA has been in detailed communication with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to implement these changes. Unfortunately, we have been unable to finalise our procedures with UKAD and this has proved more difficult than originally anticipated. Accordingly, and so that testing can continue the DRA Board of Directors has made the following decision:
The application of section 7.1.2 (ii) of the DRA Rules is suspended until further notice. Please note that this suspension does not affect your obligation to inform the DRA if you are currently prescribed Beta-Blockers. It also does not affect your obligations in respect of other medications and TUEs.
We remind all players that it is your responsibility to have any medication you use checked to see if it or any of its ingredients are prohibited. If any player is unsure or has any questions regarding any medications (including Beta-Blockers), please contact us using the email addresses or a telephone number below.
You can also check your medication on the Global DRO website: CLICK HERE
If you need any further assistance or help, please contact us using the following email addresses: [email protected] and [email protected] Alternatively, you can speak to Tim Ollerenshaw or Monika Krtenova using this following telephone number +44(0)1926 674544 – Dated 3rd June 2019
2 – DRA Rule 7.1.2 (ii)
For the purpose of these Disciplinary Rules the following shall amount to “Misconduct”: a breach of the DRA’s Rules and Regulations, including and in addition (without limitation):
(ii) the unauthorised use by a Player of Beta-Blockers [in or out of competition] for incidents occurring on or after 6th January 20191;
3 – What does this mean
Players will still need to check all Medications and will still need a TUE Certificate for all prohibited substances/medications.
If a player is on Beta Blockers, they are obliged to inform the DRA but can use this medication with a TUE form, We do not recommend their using Beta-Blockers, if there is an alternative medication available, but it will not be treated as a Disciplinary matter currently, if they are tested and found to have Beta-Blockers in their system.
They do not need a TUE Form for Beta-Blockers now as there is currently no procedure in place to deal with Beta-Blockers TUE Forms (this will obviously change once such a procedure has been adopted). At the moment, their only obligation in respect of Beta-Blockers is to inform the DRA.
If you have any issues, comments or queries please refer to the above correspondence or contact your PDPA
UK Anti-Doping Rules CLICK HERE
The Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
Process is a means by which an athlete can obtain approval to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition.
Athletes should advise all medical personnel of their obligation to abide by the anti-doping rules of their sport and that any medical treatment received must not violate these rules.
When prescribed a substance or method, athletes should find out whether the medication is prohibited by checking the Global DRO. If the medication is not prohibited, athletes can start using the prescribed medication or treatment.
Players who are on prescribed medication need to check that their medication is not a prohibited substance, it is your responsibility SO ASK you can also fill in a T.U.E. FORM which is a Therapeutic Exemption Form CLICK HERE or by emailing us here at the PDPA and we will send you one [email protected]
Players may be concerned that if you have been prescribed medication for a medical condition it may affect your ability to participate in a Darts Event. Many prescribed drugs will not prevent you from competing, but some may. The key point is to contact the DRA at the Council’s registered address or E-mail or Tim Ollerenshaw [email protected] at the earliest opportunity so that you can compete without risk of failing a Drugs Test. He will provide assistance and support in how you should deal with matters. In urgent situations if you cannot contact him then you may contact UK Anti-Doping directly: CLICK HERE
Please note that it is an individual’s responsibility to ensure that he or she is safe to compete. The thrust of regulation and education is personal liability. If you are unsure about how a drug may affect your ability to compete fairly, seek advice before you start taking the relevant medication. The DRA is available to help and to maximise the chances of players being able to compete in events, not the other way round.
Letter to Players
Please CLICK HERE to see DRA Letter to players sent on 23rd April 2015 on anti-doping