Information on ‘Beta Blockers’
Drug Testing in Darts Update on Beta Blockers
As has been anticipated for some time, unapproved use of Beta Blockers in Darts will from 6th January 2019 be subject to disciplinary rules and procedures. This could result in a ban from playing and other penalties.
If you are currently prescribed Beta Blockers (or any other medication) by your GP, health professional or specialist you need to read and fully understand the following information.
- If you are currently prescribed Beta Blockers (or other medication) and have obtained a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) Certificate, you have completed the requirements to declare your use of them and to continue to compete in Darts without a risk of a testing breach.
- If you are currently prescribed Beta Blockers (or other medication) and have not completed a TUE form, then you must do so IMMEDIATELY. Failure to do so may put you in breach of the relevant rules if selected for drug testing.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE TUE FORM PLEASE CLICK HERE
TO DOWNLOAD THE TUE FORM PLEASE CLICK HERE
FOR INFORMATION ON UKAD PLEASE CLICK HERE
TO CHECK ANY MEDICATIONS VIA GLOBAL DRO CLICK HERE
Your GP will need to sign the TUE form once you have completed it, and may need to help you complete some sections. You may need for this to be additionally supported by specialist reports. Once completed the form and documents need to be sent by post to:
Mr Tim Ollerenshaw Moore & Tibbits, 34 High St, Warwick, CV344BE
We are fully aware that medication can be a personal and private issue and full confidentiality will be maintained for all forms processed by the DRA.
We remind all players that it is your responsibility to have any medication prescribed by a GP, health professional or specialist checked to see if it or any of its ingredients are prohibited. If any player is unsure or has any questions regarding Beta Blockers or any other medications, please contact Tim Ollerenshaw by email; [email protected] or telephone; +44(0)1926 674544 you can also check these with Alan Warriner-Little at the PDPA either at events or email a[email protected] or call 07798 693998
You can also check your medication on the Global DRO website which you can access from this page SEE ABOVE LINK or you can contact Nigel Mawer, Tim Ollerenshaw or Alan Warriner-Littlewho will check these for you.
We do not need to remind you of the impact an adverse result for a prohibited substance can have on a player’s career and livelihood; in a recent case an 18 months ban was issued and the sanctions for adverse findings can carry longer suspensions from the sport than before.
Any adverse findings in relation to Beta Blockers will be dealt with (due to technical rules) by the DRA itself not UKAD. Please remember we are here to help, but ultimately it is you personally who are accountable and responsible. Doing nothing is not an option, so it is important to act now.
If you need any further assistance or help, please do not hesitate to ask.