Think about clean Sport and Anti-Doping

May 15, 2023 | by Jerome Pels


The Rules, The Prohibited List and
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)


As part of our responsibilities as England Boxing, we want to keep reminding you about importance of clean sport and continue to comply with the Anti-Doping Rules. Please take a few minutes to read through this post. It explains that you should be aware that WADA has issued an updated Prohibited List for 2023, reminds you about the rules relating to boxers and Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) and gives some other advice and guidance.

The Prohibited List

It is important that you know that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issues a new list every year. This is the list that sets out the substances and the methods that are banned in sport. This new list came into force on 1st January 2023.
You can access the 2023 Prohibited List here. You are strongly advised to look at the document so that you know what it says and that you are better informed about the potential inadvertent use of a prohibited substance.

Remember also that any boxer, of any standard, can be tested under the anti-doping rules. UKAD (UK Anti-Doping) or IBA or England Boxing does, and will continue to, test boxers. It is a boxer’s responsibility for what is found in their body when tested.

Applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

You must also be aware that if a boxer has a legitimate medical condition that requires the use of a prohibited substance or method – something listed on the Prohibited List – that boxer may have to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). This is only accepted if there are no other suitable, permitted medications or treatments that can be used. It is a strictly controlled and detailed process. TUEs are issued by UKAD and/or the IBA depending on the circumstances.
Click here to find more information on the UKAD website about the TUE process. Please remember thatyou must check any medication you are using on the Global DRO website by clicking here. Remember to make a note of the search reference, it may help you later.

UKAD also provides a TUE Wizard to help find out whether a boxer needs to apply for a TUE and who to submit the application to. The TUE Wizard can be accessed by clicking here.

You may also be aware that EB has produced a short video to help all of our members to understand what the anti-doping rules are. It is called, ‘Don’t cheat, don’t dope, report it!’. Please watch this video, if you haven’t already, on either the EB website at or on YouTube at It is only 10 minutes long. We ask you to encourage other boxers, coaches, and anyone else involved in the sport to watch it too.

And of course there is an app for it: 100%me.
We want the boxers to download the ‘100%me’ app which will be really useful for you to keep up to date and better informed about anti-doping matters. It is produced by UKAD, which is our anti-doping authority. You can get the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. More information here.

We do not want any boxer to accidentally eat, drink or take something (think recreational drugs..) that is banned by the anti-doping rules because there are penalties whether or not they intended to take it. Sadly, one of the most common ways for someone to break the rules is by eating or drinking a contaminated supplement – usually an energy or recovery bar or drink – or taking something to help them reduce or increase weight. EB wants boxers to think very carefully about using or taking anything like that. We know that it is now common to use them but EB’s view is that that they are not necessary, will not improve them as a boxer and that they should avoid them.

You can find out a lot more about these matters on the England Boxing website pages dealing with Clean Sport/anti-doping by clicking here.