Anti-Doping Policy

Skateboard England’s Anti-Doping rules are aligned with UK Anti- Doping (UKAD) rules. UKAD is the national body responsible for the implementation and management of the UK’s anti-doping policy, and it in turn is aligned to the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Skateboard England complies with the UK Anti-Doping Rules (2009) in line with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Skateboard England is committed to ensuring that skateboarding is a drug free sport. By affiliating to Skateboard England skateparks and skate schools, and their members are bound by Skateboard England regulations which include the Anti-Doping rules. In addition, by signing the Skateboard England registration form, skateboarders give consent to being tested in line with Anti-Doping rules.

Skateboarders are solely responsible for any prohibited substance found in their system whether there was an intention to cheat or not.

Procedure for Testing
Any skateboarder competing in a National or GB competition can be tested. Doping Control Officers (DCOs), authorised by UK Anti-Doping will attend events at random and unannounced. The DCO’s will liaise with the Event Officials (EO) to obtain a copy of the competitors. They will draw at random two skateboarders from each heat (i.e. any skateboarder who appears on the roll call). This will be done immediately prior the heat and team managers (or equivalent) may attend the draw. These skateboarders will be required to undertake doping tests after the heat in line with UKAD procedures.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
The Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process allows a Skateboarder to obtain approval from UKAD to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition.

It is a Skateboarder’s responsibility to check that any medication they are prescribed doesn’t contain any banned substances on the WADA Prohibited List. If a Skateboarder is taking medication or is recommended medication that includes a banned substance they should explain to their Doctor that they may be drug tested through their participation in the Skateboard England sanctioned events.

The Doctor should be asked if an alternative medication exists that does not include a banned substance. If this is available, then the Skateboarder should request that this medication be prescribed. If there is no alternative to taking medication that does contain a banned substance, then the Skateboarder should apply for a TUE.

TUE Process
Skateboarders are required to apply for a TUE prior to using a prohibited substance.

Skateboarders should keep a copy of their application and the notification from UKAD in a safe place, and take it with them to any competitions where they may be drug tested as proof that they have a TUE. The substance should also be declared on the Sample Collection Form if use within 4 weeks of Doping control.

Asthma TUE
There is a separate UKAD TUE form for Skateboarders taking prescribed Terbutaline or Formoterol for the treatment of Asthma.

Declaration of Use (DoU)
The WADA Prohibited List identifies certain substances, methods or routes of administration that are not prohibited but for which an athlete is required to file a Declaration of Use (DoU) form online via the UKAD website. A declaration of use can ONLY be made for the substances and routes of administration listed below:

- salbutamol and salmeterol by inhalation

- glucocorticosteroids by inhalation

- glucocorticosteroids administered by localised injection

- platelet-derived preparations (e.g. platelet rich plasma, "blood spinning") by non- intramuscular routes.

The substance should also be declared on the Sample Collection Form if use within 4 weeks of Doping control.

Where to find details of Prohibited substances?
The Global Drug Reference Online Website (Global DRO) provides Skateboarders and support personnel with information about the prohibited status of specific substances based on the current WADA Prohibited List. They can search. It allows individuals to search for specific information on products bought in the UK, Canada and the US.

Supplement Guidance
Skateboard England advise all Skateboarders to assess the need and risk before taking any supplement, as previous studies have shown cross-contamination of nutritional supplements and the presence of prohibited substances not declared on contents lists. For further information, see the UKAD website or for details of individual supplements see Informed Sport, a quality assurance programme for sports nutrition products.

Further Information
For further information on any anti-doping issues please visit the UKAD website or contact Skateboard England, email