WADA releases the 2024 Prohibited List with the inclusion of tramadol

The Prohibited List

2024 Prohibited List

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published its 2024 Prohibited List. The Prohibited List designates the substances and methods that are prohibited in sport.

Following an extensive consultation period by WADA, the 2024 Prohibited List was published on 27 September 2023. This gives athletes and support personnel sufficient time to make themselves aware of the changes, review any medications they use on Global DRO, and apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if required before the updated List comes into effect on 1 January 2024.

Included on the 2024 List is the substance tramadol which will be banned in-competition from 1 January 2024. Tramadol is an opioid analgesic and is classified as a prescription only medicine in the UK. Tramadol misuse is of concern because of the risks of physical dependence, opiate addiction, and overdose. It has led to it being a controlled drug in many countries. Please visit UK Anti-Doping's website here to read a full summary of the changes on the 2024 List.

The following resources are also available to read on WADA’s website:

General Information 

All banned substances and methods in Code-compliant sports, including football, are outlined in the Prohibited List. Substances and methods can be added to the Prohibited List at any time; however, it is updated as a minimum once a year, coming into effect on 1 January. 

The current Prohibited List can be found on the WADA website. As this list is updated frequently, Players and other Participants should make sure they check it regularly for any changes. 

More information can be found on UKAD’s website here.