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Anti-Doping Policy

Reference: Rule 5401 (4)

Revised Date: November 27, 2014


Skate Canada has adopted the 2015 Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) as its primary domestic anti-doping policy. Administered on behalf of Skate Canada by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), the 2015 CADP is fully compliant with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, International Standards and Guidelines as they may exist from time to time. To view or download the 2015 CADP, please visit

In addition, Skate Canada, as a member federation of ISU must also be fully compliant with the ISU anti-doping rules. The ISU anti-doping rules may apply to certain registrants of Skate Canada in certain situations. The ISU anti-doping rules are fully compliant with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, International Standards and Guidelines as they may exist from time to time. To view or download the ISU anti-doping rules, please visit

In the event of a conflict between other anti-doping policies established by Skate Canada and the 2015 CADP and/or the ISU anti-doping rules, the rules of the 2015 CADP or the ISU shall prevail, as applicable.



1.1 Skate Canada is unequivocally opposed to the use by registrants of banned and restricted substances and methods for the purpose of performance enhancement.

1.2 Fair and equal competition is an essential tenet of sport. Doping control (testing for the use of banned and restricted substances and methods) is a means of attempting to ensure that such is the case.

1.3 With a view to promulgate this aspect of fair play in athletic competition, Skate Canada will attempt to ensure that all of its representatives in a position to do so, will use their best efforts to see that effective national and international anti-doping education and doping control programs are in place.

1.4 The individual skater always bears ultimate responsible for the products they ingest. As such, skaters have the responsibility to be familiar with the Canadian Doping Control Regulations and the Canadian Policy on Doping in Sport, and regulations and policies of the ISU, and to abide by these regulations and policies.



Note: National Team and Junior National team members are also bound by the Skate Canada Athlete Agreement and Code of Conduct.

2.1 Skate Canada’s Doping Control Program will be conducted in close co-operation with the CCES and shall be governed by and conducted in accordance with the Canadian Doping Control regulations and Canadian Policy on Doping in Sport of the CCES in effect at the time of any test in questions. Registrants are reminded that there are protest and appeal procedures within the CCES Standard Operating Procedures in relation to doping control test results. Registrants should become familiar with those protest and appeal procedures should they have a complaint(s) about the testing procedure. This is of particular importance since Skate Canada will accept the contents of a doping control test report from either the CCES or IOC accredited laboratory that tested the sample or samples as true and accurate unless there has been a successful protest or appeal of the test results, as provided for in the CCES Canadian Doping Control regulations and Canadian Policy on Doping in Sport.

The same applies for test results, which are not part of Skate Canada’s Doping Control Program. This would include such tests as conducted at the Olympics or other international competitions. Therefore, in these cases as well, the registrant should become familiar with any protest or appeal procedures available in relation to the testing procedure in the event he or she has any complaint about it.

2.2 This policy, including its offenses, sanctions, and procedures, applies to all registrants of Skate Canada. Covered in like-manner are all persons in any way connected with figure skating registrants of any level who may be in a position to counsel or assist the registrant(s) in the use of banned and/or restricted substances and methods for performance enhancement. This includes but is not limited to; coaches, team leaders, officials, medical and paramedical support staff traveling with teams or skaters, and professional staff.



3.1 Illegal drug use with recreational “street” drugs, even if not on the ISU or CCES banned or restricted substance list is prohibited and is contradictory to the registrant performance goals of Skate Canada. Although sanctions may in some instances, not be administered by the ISU or CCES, action including suspension from activities and/or teams may be undertaken by Skate Canada.



4.1 The Skate Canada Doping Control Program is conducted in close co-operation with the CCES. Such being the case, Skate Canada shall use the CCES’ Canadian Doping Control Regulations for Doping Control, as in effect, for the purpose of testing registrants and determination of possible doping related infraction of any person involved with Skate Canada. The Skate Canada Doping Control Program therefore incorporates by reference the CCES’ Canadian Doping Control Regulations, including the protest and appeal procedures contained therein.

4.2 Skate Canada reserves the right to request testing of any restricted, banned or illegal substances that are not a component of the regular testing protocol but are tested by special request of the organizations and reported by the IOC designated laboratory.



For the full reinstatement process, please refer to the CCES Canadian Doping Control Regulations.



7.1 Registrants and others must understand that Skate Canada shall respect sanctions imposed by other authorities or violators (such as the Canadian Olympic Committee or the International Skating Union (ISU)) to the extent of their authority, but shall in no way limit the right to impose other or greater sanctions within the jurisdictional limits of Skate Canada.



8.1 Nothing in this Anti-Doping Policy and Doping Control Program in any way limits the right of other persons or authorities within Skate Canada to discipline registrants and other persons where and when so authorized.



9.1 Skate Canada is committed to providing effective anti-doping education, both from the perspective of physiological effect and the perspective of fair play in sport.

9.2 The educational programs to be pursued by Skate Canada will include any or all of:

    1. Provision of educational talks on anti-doping and doping control to National and Junior National Team registrants and their coaches;
    2. Distribution of information on pertinent educational material, policy and procedures documents, drug classification guides, Skate Canada Doping Control Policy and other applicable resources to National and Junior National Team registrants, coaches and support staff, and Sections.
    3. Provision of contact information for CCES in Skate Canada publications and Skate Canada website.
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