C 21 DOPING PANEL
C 21.1 The FINA Doping Panel shall consist of six (6) persons. No two members of the Doping Panel shall be from the same country or Sport Country. Members of the Doping Panel shall serve for a period of four (4) years, or until their successors are appointed.
C 21.2 The outgoing President shall select six (6) persons to form the FINA Doping Panel. They shall be known for their ability, their impartiality and their knowledge and experience of doping matters, of FINA disciplines and sport in general. At least four (4) of them shall also have legal training and experience. The outgoing Bureau shall confirm the Doping Panel and appoint one of the members to be Chairman. The General Congress shall confirm the Doping Panel.
C 21.3 A person may not serve on the Doping Panel if he or she:
(a) is a member of the Bureau or of a Standing Committee of FINA, or
(b) cannot speak English or French.
C 21.4 If a member of the FINA Doping Panel should die or retire, a replacement shall be decided in accordance with Rule C 21.2.
C 21.5 The Doping Panel shall
1. Conduct all hearings in accordance with DC 8
a) Concerning doping offences committed within FINA
b) Concerning cases put forward to the Doping Panel according to DC 15
2. Apply sanctions for a doping violation pursuant DC 10
C 21.6 Whenever necessary the Chairman of the Doping Panel shall appoint three persons from the Doping Panel to adjudicate all matters before it. No member of the Doping Panel shall be appointed to hear a specific case when he or she is a citizen of the country of the competitor suspected of violating FINA Rules; the Chair of the Doping Panel may also determine situations in which a Panel member should not be named as due to other potential conflicts.
C 21.7 Where testing has indicated the presence of a banned substance or there is suspicion or evidence of a violation of FINA Rules relating to doping control, and, contrary to DC 8, a Member federation refuses to allow a competitor a hearing, the competitor may demand a hearing on the issues raised before a FINA Doping Panel.
C 21.8 Where testing by another sporting body has indicated the presence of a banned substance, and the competitor considers that the decision of the other sporting body is unsatisfactory and should not be relied upon, the competitor may demand a hearing before a FINA Doping Panel.