The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released the 2019 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (List). This List comes into force on 1 January 2019 and is published three months ahead of coming into effect so that athletes and their entourage have the possibility to familiarise themselves with any modifications. The 2019 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes explains the changes between the 2018 and the 2019 lists.

The List designates what substances and methods are prohibited in- and out-of-competition for human athletes in all sports. It should be noted that athletes who have a legitimate medical reason for using a prohibited substance or method that is on the List may apply to the FEI for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

We remind you that:

  • FEI athletes can be tested anywhere, anytime.
  • Athletes are responsible for the substances found in their body and the methods they use if these are on the List.
  • The athlete’s entourage may also be liable for anti-doping rule violations if determined to be complicit.

Consequently, if there is any doubt as to the status of a substance or method, it is essential that they contact the FEI or their National Anti-Doping Organisation for advice.


The 2019 Prohibited List, the 2019 Summary of Modifications and Explanatory Notes and the 2019 Monitoring Program are available for download on WADA’s website in English and French with the Spanish version to follow shortly.

The List’s mobile-friendly digital edition will go live on 1 January 2019.

National Federations wishing to translate the List into other languages are kindly asked to signal their interest to WADA at [email protected], by 27 October with copy to [email protected]. If required, WADA will provide the necessary files and, once the translation is finalised, make it available on their website.

The changes to the FEI Equine Prohibited list (EPSL) that will come into force on 1 January 2019 can found here.