Once a year (or more frequently if required), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issues a list of substances and methods the use of which is prohibited in and/or out of competition. This list is called the “Prohibited List” (available under FIA Anti-Doping Regulations).
However, if, for medical reasons, a driver needs to use a drug including a prohibited substance or a prohibited method (which means that no permitted medicine can be used instead), a request for a “Therapeutic Use Exemption” (TUE) can be made to the competent organisation, whilst ensuring that the deadlines in the regulations are respected.
Complete and detailed documentation explaining the clinical reasons for the therapy requiring the use of a prohibited substance or method must be sent together with the TUE request. It should include the patient’s history, test results, how the disease/disorder/injury has been managed over time, and any and all attempts to use non-prohibited medications and methods.
Who should fill in the TUE?
Your doctor, who must review the medical requirements for the TUE so that he or she can provide all of the relevant information.
When should the TUE form be submitted?
no later than 30 days before the beginning of the season or the next event;
if you are included in your National Registered Testing Pool or the FIA International Registered Testing Pool: at the moment you are included in this group;
immediately for emergency treatment or if treatment of an acute medical condition is necessary.
To whom should the application be submitted to?
To the FIA if you are:
- included in the FIA International Registered Testing Pool ,
- planning to participate in an international competition.
To your National Anti-Doping Organisation if you are:
- planning to participate in a national competition.
For more information, please check under FIA Anti-doping Regulations Article 4.5 of Appendix A to the International Sporting Code and the WADA International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions.