Antidoping programmes of national sports federations

Each national sports federation's antidoping programme is based on the federation's strategic choices: its values, vision, mission and the principles of fair play.

The individual disciplines have antidoping programmes of their own. The programme depends on the popularity and characteristics of the sport as well as on the size of the national federation. FINCIS has created a set of criteria for national federation antidoping programmes, which also functions as a framework and makes it easier to build the programme.

The criteria:

The Code

  • The national sports federation is committed to the Finnish Antidoping Code, and the disciplinary rules of the federation cover the Antidoping Code.
  • The licensing systems of athletes cover the issues required by the Antidoping Code and, in addition, the athletes sign separate antidoping agreements.
  • The sports federation will inform and train the support personnel of athletes regarding the Antidoping Code.


  • Athletes and the support personnel of athletes have the right to receive up-to-date information on antidoping issues.
  • The sports federation is obligated to organise antidoping training for different target groups.
  • The federation will encourage clubs to organise antidoping education and training.

Communications, crisis communications

  • The federation will ensure that information related to doping control is communicated to the appropriate parties actively and immediately.
  • With its operations, the federation promotes the spirit of clean sports and encourages everybody within the organisation to become a champion of fair play.
  • The federation has a crisis communication plan which covers crisis communications in the event of doping cases and suspected antidoping rule violations.

Doping control, doping tests, testing pool, therapeutic use exemptions and antidoping rule violations

  • The federation will cooperate with FINCIS in the implementation of doping control, such as delivering necessary information and informing event organisers of their obligations.
  • National sports federations have an obligation to be aware of TUE practices at both the national and international level.
  • The federation will cooperate with FINCIS in the investigations of antidoping rule violations.

Follow-up and responsibilities

  • The federation will appoint a person to be in charge of the antidoping programme.
  • The federation will publish their antidoping programme on their own website and deliver the programme for publication on FINCIS's website.
  • The federation will record the antidoping work in their action plan and report the realisation in their annual report.

Detailed instructions can be found in the sports federations' antidoping programme criteria. The federations can submit their programmes to FINCIS's for commenting before the official approval. FINCIS's is happy to support the federations in this way in their antidoping work. The federations can choose to have their antidoping programmes published on the FINCIS's site. The programmes can be sent for comments and publication to

FINCIS's first evaluation of the initial state was carried out during the autumn of 2015 commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The latest evaluation was carried out in 2018.

Susanna Sokka

Susanna Sokka

Information Manager, Internet website

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Piia Pöyhönen

Piia Pöyhönen

Education Manager

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