Sports Medicine Congress

I am a water polo player on insulin treatment for diabetes. I have 3 questions about my use of insulin as a FINA athlete.

1) What are the criteria that FINA uses for granting a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)?

The FINA DCRB evaluates each application for a TUE by applying the criteria outlined in the WADA International Standard for TUE. The criteria are:

- The athlete would experience significant health problems without taking the prohibited substance or method;
- The therapeutic use of the substance would produce no additional enhancement of performance other than that which might be anticipated by a return to a state of normal health following the treatment of a legitimate medical condition; and
- There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative to the use of the otherwise prohibited substance or method.

2) What should I do if I am notified for doping control while using a prohibited substance under a granted TUE?

When filling out the doping control form, make sure that you declare the substance or medication being used and that you specify that a TUE has been granted. If you have easy access to a copy of the TUE Approval form, it is preferable but not mandatory that you show it to the doping control official.

3) What will happen if the prohibited substance is detected during the analysis?

When the doping control authority receives the report from the laboratory, an initial review will take place to verify that the TUE is still in effect and that the results of the analysis are consistent with the TUE granted (nature of substance, route of administration, dose, time frame of administration, etc.). If the review proves satisfactory, the result of your test will be recorded as negative.

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