What is a TUE and how do I apply for it?
Athletes may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take particular medications.
If the medication an athlete is required to take to treat an illness or condition happens to fall under the Prohibited List, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) may give that athlete the authorisation to take the needed medicine.
The purpose of the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) is to ensure that the process of granting TUEs is harmonised across sports and countries.
For certain medical conditions (for example, asthma, ADHD, etc.) WADA has developed the Guidelines, which should be followed when applying for a TUE. Please verify if there are Guidelines for your medical condition.
Using the TUE application form and according to the Article 4.4 of the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE), the procedure for applying for a TUE is the following:
- An athlete who is not an International-Level Athlete should apply to his or her National Anti-Doping Organisation for a TUE.
- An athlete who is an International-Level Athlete should apply to his or her International Federation.
In World Archery, as described in the scope of the World Archery Anti-Doping Rules, the following athletes are considered to be International and therefore should apply for a TUE to World Archery:
- Athletes who are part of the World Archery Registered Testing Pool.
- Athletes who participate in selected World Archery International Events. Please refer to the Calendar, which also describes where the athletes should address their TUE requests.
The following athletes will be considered as National and therefore will need to address their TUE request directly to NADO:
- Athletes who compete in sport at the national level, as defined by each National Anti-Doping Organisation, consistent with the International Standard for Testing and Investigations.
However, in the situation when the athlete was granted a TUE on the National level by his/her NADO and then becomes an International Level athlete (as per the description above), the recognition process of his/her National TUE on the International Level is possible.
Thus, according to the article 220.127.116.11 of the World Archery Anti-Doping Provisions, if the athlete already has a TUE granted by his/her National Anti-Doping Organisation, that TUE is automatically valid for international-level Competition provided that such TUE decision has been reported in accordance with Article 5.4 of the ISTUE and is not for beta-blockers. However, for beta-blockers the athlete must apply to World Archery to recognise that TUE, in accordance with Article 7 of the ISTUE.