Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)

In case an athlete requires a prohibited substance or method to treat a health condition, an illness or an injury, they can obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption that will allow them to continue training and competing while taking the prohibited substance.

The process of granting a TUE is outlined clearly in the FITEQ Anti-Doping Rules and the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions. The most important part to know is that there are strict criteria for obtaining a TUE:

For the TUE to be granted, all four of the above criteria must be met.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions must always be requested prior to the start of the treatment. In emergency or exceptional cases, a retroactive TUE may be granted.

If you are an International-Level athlete*, you can apply for a TUE via FITEQ. All other athletes should apply for a TUE through a National Anti-Doping Agency. A TUE granted by a NADO will automatically be recognized by FITEQ for purposes of international-level competition without the need to review the relevant clinical information.

The International Testing Agency (ITA) manages TUE applications on behalf of FITEQ. For detailed information on the TUE process, please visit the ITA TUE page. If you have any questions about Therapeutic Use Exemptions, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected].

* International-Level Athlete definition as per the FITEQ Anti-Doping Rules:

  1. Athletes included in the FITEQ Registered Testing Pool, Testing Pool and any Other Pool established by FITEQ.
  2. Athletes who are ranked in the top 32 in each at the start of each season, where each season begins at the start of the calendar year on 01 January.