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1. Test PoolBack to top

BSADA currently have 4 main Test Pools; The Registered Test Pool (RTP), the National Test Pool 1(NTP1), National Test Pool 2 (NTP2) and Domestic Test Pool (DTP).  Athletes will fall into 1 of 4 test pools, they are: -

-The Registered Test Pool (RTP): Athletes competing regularly at International Level Events. Athletes in the RTP will be notified from BSADA in writing of their inclusion in the pool.

RTP Athletes listed at this time are:-
1. Tyler Butterfield - Ironman
2.  Flora Duffy - Triathlon
3.  Harold Tre Houston - Athletics - Sprinting
4.  Caitlin Conyers - Cycling
5. Jessica Lewis - Para Athletics

- The National Test Pool 1 (NTP1):- Athletes who have the potential to compete regularly at International Level Events e.g. BOA elite list athletes not included in the RTP.  Athletes in the NTP1 will also be notified in writing of their inclusion in the pool.

- The National Test Pool 2 (NTP2):- All national level athletes not included in the RTP and NTP1.

- The Domestic Test Pool (DTP):- All remaining athletes not covered in the above pools e.g. domestic league / competition athletes, local competitors only.

It is important to note 2 things:

- Under the WADA Code every athlete in principle is subject to no notice Performance Enhancing Testing at any time and any place.
- Under Bermuda regulations all National Level athletes are subject to Illicit Drug Testing. This testing can be conducted anytime, anyplace and can be short notice or no notice.

The following diagram highlights the Test Pools

For more information on Test Pools please read the Test_Pool_Policy_July_2020_1.pdf

2. About the Athlete ZoneBack to top

Athlete Zone

The Athlete Zone is designed to give all athletes an idea of what is expected of them and the main functions and concepts of Anti Doping and The Illicit Program.

It is the athlete’s responsibility to understand their rights and responsibilities and know what they are putting in their body. The Principle of Strict Liability is at the core of the WADA Code where athletes are responsible for any prohibited substance found in their body irrespective of how it got there.

The Athlete Zone should also help you identify what testing pool an athlete is in and what type of testing you are most prone to be subject to. As you may be aware BSADA conducts Performance Enhancing Testing.

Remember - You can be tested Anytime, Anywhere.

3. WhereaboutsBack to top

Register Test Pool (RTP)
If you are in the RTP you are required to be fully compliant with the Code and provide quarterly Whereabouts (link to Whereabouts Form - P62 -)including a 60 minute time slot where you can be found each day. This 60 minute time slot needs to be between 5am and 11 pm.

RTP athletes must provide:-
- 60 minute time slot (between 5am and 11pm)
- Mailing address
- Overnight address for each day of the quarter
- Regular activities (training and work schedule)
- Competition Schedule


Athletes in the RTP will be notified in writing of their inclusion in the pool by BSADA.

National Test Pool 1 (NTP1)
Athletes in the NTP1 will be required to provide whereabouts information. However, these whereabouts requirements are less stringent then the RTP requirements as you will only need to provide:

- Mailing address
- Overnight address for each day of the quarter
- Regular activities (training and work schedule)
- Competition schedule

These athletes will also be notified in writing by BSADA of the need to provide whereabouts.

National Test Pool 2 (NTP2)

Athletes in the NTP2 are not required to file whereabouts. However, NSGBs may be contacted by BSADA and asked to give training schedules of national teams or athletes in order for BSADA to conduct testing appropriately and effectively.

Domestic Test Pool (DTP)
Athletes in the DTP will not need to provide whereabouts.

Whereabouts Failures
Whereabouts must be filed by the athlete in advance of the start of the quarter.

Quarter Months (inclusive) Whereabouts due by
1 April-June 11.59pm March 31
2 July-Sept 11.59pm June 30
3 Oct-Dec 11.59pm Sept 30
4 Jan-Mar 11.59pm Dec 31

Filing Failure; If an athlete fails to provide and update their whereabouts then a filing failure may be recorded against them. Athletes required to submit quarterly must submit them by the above dates.

Missed Test; If an RTP athlete is unavailable for testing when an Anti Doping Organisation attempts to test them in their specified 60-minute slot they may record a Missed Test.

Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV); Any combination of 3 missed tests and/or filing failures in a 12 month period will constitute an ADRV for which an athlete can receive a ban of 2 years.

For more information on whereabouts please read theWhereabouts_Policy.pdf

4. Anti-Doping ProcessBack to top

1.  Performance Enhancing Urine Collection, can be conducted either IN or OUT of competition. Here the athlete is required to give a urine sample of at least 90ml to complete the process

2.  Blood Collection must be conducted by a licensed Phlebotomist.



What is a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)?

Athletes, like all people, may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take particular medications or undergo procedures. If the medication or method an athlete is required to take/use to treat an illness or condition is included in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) may give that athlete the authorization to take a substance or use a method that is prohibited.

Applications for TUEs are reviewed by a panel of experts, the TUE Committee (TUEC) who may give such permission.

Criteria for granting a TUE

All the four following criteria must be met (for more details, please refer to:
WADA International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) Article 4.1):

 The athlete has a clear diagnosed medical condition which requires treatment using a prohibited
      substance or method.
 The therapeutic use of the substance would not produce significant enhancement of performance beyond
      the athlete’s normal state of health.
 There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative to the use of the prohibited substance or method.
 The necessity to use that substance or method is not the consequence of the prior use (without a TUE), of a substance or method which was prohibited at the time
      of use.

Who should apply for a TUE to BSADA, Where and When?

First, check if the medication or method you intend to take, or use appears on the Prohibited List.

A copy of the current Prohibited List can be found here:  .

Athletes can also use the  to cross check medications and identify if they are prohibited or not.

You have the responsibility to inform your doctors that you are an athlete subject to doping control, and your doctors should check the Prohibited List whenever they prescribe a medication / method to you. If the substance / method is prohibited, check with your doctors if there are any alternative treatments that are not prohibited. If not, you have to apply for a TUE.

Second, check your competition level to determine to which organization, and when to apply for a TUE.

If you are a National-Level Athlete you must apply to BSADA in advance, as soon as the need arises, unless there are emergency or exceptional circumstances. A National Level Athlete is defined as:

(a) Athletes included in the BSADA Registered Test Pool (RTP), National Test Pool 1 (NTP1) or National Test Pool 2 (NTP2);
(b) Athletes who are on the Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) elite A, B and C lists and awardees of Bermuda’s National Junior Sponsorship Program;
(c) Athletes who compete under the authority of their National Sport Governing Body (NSGB) while representing Bermuda in an International Event.

For substances prohibited in-competition only, you should apply for a TUE at least 30 days before your next competition. Please refer to the section “How to apply to BSADA for a TUE?” below.

If your level is lower than the “National-Level” as defined above you are entitled to apply for a retroactive TUE after being tested by BSADA or any other Anti-Doping Organization (ADO).

Athletes lower than a National Level athlete are any Person who engages or participates in sport or fitness activities for recreational purposes but who would not otherwise compete in Competitions or Events organized, recognized, or hosted by a National Federation, or by any affiliated or non-affiliated association, organization, club, team, or league and who, within the five (5) years prior to committing any anti-doping rule violation, has not been an International-Level Athlete (as defined by each International Federation consistent with the International Standard for Testing and Investigations) or National-Level Athlete (as defined by BSADA or other National Anti-Doping Organization consistent with the International Standard for Testing and Investigations); has not represented Bermuda or any other country in an International Event in an open category ; or has not been included within any Registered Testing Pool or other whereabouts information pool maintained by any International Federation, BSADA or other National Anti-Doping Organization.

Important note

A TUE granted by BSADA is only valid at the national level. If you are, or become an International-Level Athlete, or compete at Major Games, that TUE will not be valid unless it is recognized by the relevant International Federation (IF) or Major Event Organization (MEO). It is your responsibility to check if your BSADA TUE is recognized by such IF or MEO without submitting a request for recognition.

BSADA can assist you in the determination of your level and TUE application requirements, and, should the need occur, assist you in presenting your BSADA TUE to an IF for recognition. Please contact Duncan Barclay at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for assistance.

You may only apply retroactively for a TUE to BSADA if:

 Your competition level permits (i.e., you are not an International-Level Athlete as defined by your IF nor a National-Level Athlete as defined by BSADA; or
 An emergency or urgent treatment of a medical condition was necessary; or
 Due to exceptional circumstances, you had insufficient time or opportunity to submit, (or for the TUEC to consider), your application prior to sample collection; or
 It is agreed, by WADA and by BSADA, that fairness requires the grant of a retroactive TUE.

Important note:
Using a prohibited substance before being granted a TUE could result in an Adverse Analytical Finding and a potential anti-doping rule violation.

In case an application for a retroactive TUE is necessary following sample collection, you are strongly advised to have a medical file prepared and ready to submit for evaluation.


BSADA encourages TUE applications using the form available in ADAMS, and submitting the required medical file through ADAMS. If you do not have an ADAMS account yet, please contact Duncan Barclay at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to have your account set up.

Otherwise, please download the BSADA TUE Application Form, and once duly completed and signed, send it together with the required medical file to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .
Your TUE application must be submitted in a legible form using capital letters or typing.

The medical file includes:

 A comprehensive medical history, including documentation from the original diagnosing physician(s) (where possible),
 The results of all examinations, laboratory investigations and imaging studies relevant to the application.

Any cost associated with or incurred during the completion of the TUE application process are the responsibility of the athlete including any required additional medical examinations, tests, imaging studies.

Any TUE application that is not complete or legible will not be dealt with and will be returned for completion and re-submission.

To assist you and your doctor in providing the correct medical documentation, we suggest consulting the WADA’s Checklists for TUE applications for guidance and support during the TUE application process, and Medical Information to Support the Decisions of TUECs for guidance on specific common medical conditions, treatments, substances, etc.

Keep a complete copy of the TUE application form and all medical information submitted in support of your application, and proof that it has been sent.


BSADA’s TUEC decision will be communicated in writing to you within 21 days from the date of receipt of the completed TUE application, including the required medical information, by BSADA.


Each TUE has a specific duration, at the end of which it expires automatically. Should you need to continue to use the prohibited substance or method, it is your responsibility to submit a new application for a TUE with updated medical information ahead the expiry date, so that there is sufficient time for a decision to be made prior to the expiry of the current TUE.

Important note:
The presence (following sample collection), use, possession or administration of the prohibited substance or method shall be consistent with the terms of your TUE. Therefore, in the event that, after your TUE is granted, you require a materially different dosage, frequency, route or duration of administration, you must apply for a new TUE.


A decision to deny a TUE application includes an explanation of the reason(s) for the denial. If it is not clear to you, please contact BSADA to understand exactly why the TUE was denied. Sometimes, there may be a critical piece of information, diagnostic test, laboratory results missing, etc. Failing this, you may appeal the denial decision as follows:

Submit a written request to have the decision appealed within 7 days of the notice that your application has been denied. The request must be sent to Duncan Barclay at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and include the grounds for your appeal and any additional information relevant to the appeal of the TUE. The appeal will be sent to the Anti-Doping Appeals Panel for review and further action.

What if my BSADA TUE is not Recognized by My IF?

You or BSADA have 21 days to refer the matter to WADA for review after the decision was rendered by the TUEC by sending the same information that you submitted to your TUEC and on which they based their decision to deny the TUE via registered mail at:

WADA Medical Director
World Anti-Doping Agency
800, Square Victoria
Montreal, H4Z 1B7, QC Canada

Pending WADA’s decision, BSADA TUE remains valid for national-level competition and out-of-competition testing only. If the matter is not referred to WADA for review, the TUE becomes invalid for any purpose when the 21-day review deadline expires.


All the information contained in a TUE application including the supporting medical information, and any other information related to the evaluation of your TUE request is kept strictly confidential and treated in accordance with the Athlete’s Declaration contained in the ADAMS TUE process and in the BSADA TUE Application Form . All members of the TUEC and any other authorized recipients of your TUE request and related information (as described in the Athlete’s Declaration) are subject to a professional or contractual confidentiality obligation.

Please review the terms of the Athlete’s Declaration carefully. In particular, please note that should you wish to revoke the right of the BSADA TUEC to obtain the information related to your TUE request in accordance with the Athlete’s Declaration, your TUE application will be deemed withdrawn without approval being granted.

Your TUE request-related information will be retained by BSADA and any other authorized recipients for no longer than necessary for the purposes stated in the Athlete’s Declaration, in accordance with the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.

Contact Information
For any further information and questions in relation to BSADA’s personal information practices, please contact Duncan Barclay at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

If you have a doubt as regards to which organization you should apply for a TUE, or as to the recognition process, or any other question with regard to TUEs, please contact Duncan Barclay at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

WADA International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE)
WADA Guidelines for Therapeutic Use Exemptions
WADA Q&A on Therapeutic Use Exemptions
WADA Checklists for TUE applications

The WADA Prohibited List and TUE Application Form



6. Youth ZoneBack to top

Youth ZoneThe following links give young people the opportunity to explore anti-doping themes using fun and interactive tools that have been developed by some of BSADA’s partners in the anti-doping world:

Stop Alcohol Abuse - Click Here
My Play Book - Click Here
UNESCO comic on anti-doping
The young teens place for info on alcohol and resisting peer pressure -
Tips for teens on steroids
NIDA for teens – the science behind drug abuse -

7. SupplementsBack to top

The use of dietary supplements is completely at an athlete’s own risk. Even if a supplement is marked “approved” or “verified” athletes may still test positive for prohibited substances that are not marked on the product label.

Remember under the principle of Strict Liability and Article 2.2.1 of the WAD Code athletes are responsible and an anti doping rule violation occurs whenever a Prohibited Substance is found in an athlete’s sample whether it was intentionally or unintentionally taken.

Any athlete wishing to use a Supplement is encouraged to be an informed consumer and research the product extensively. Athletes can access the below websites for more information

8. Anti-Doping Guildlines BookletBack to top

Anti-Doping GuidelinesAnti_Doping_Guidelines_Booklet.pdf

9. INADO Urges Action to Protect Clean Sport - Independent Commission Report- RussiaBack to top

Please click here to read the report iNADO_Urges_Action_to_Protect_Clean_Sport_(Media_Release).pdf

10. Athlete Reference GuideBack to top

Download:  ATHLETE_Reference_Guide_to_the_2015_WADC.pdf





Bermuda Council for Drug-Free Sport Press ConferenceArticle added on 03/05/2011

For those of you who do not know me, I am Jon Beard, Chairman of the Bermuda Council for Drug-free Sport. We have invited you here to today to announce a few things which we are very excited about.

The Bermuda Council for Drug-free Sport has been undergoing a strategic change in its delivery of services driven by the issue of the WADA 2009 Code. There have been a number of fundamental changes that have affected our operations and we have been diligently working in several areas in order to achieve Compliance for the island of Bermuda and be identified as a best practice agency in the delivery of services.

One of the most important strategic changes identified is the need for legislation with the Government diligently working towards this.  Within the frame work of Legislation it was deemed necessary to change our name in order to bring the agency in line with its added areas of responsibility. As such, we are pleased to announce today that with immediate effect we will now be known as the Bermuda Sport Anti Doping Authority. Similar in stature to the Bermuda Monetary Authority with their responsibility to the country over banks and investments firms, we will have the primary authority over athletes and sporting bodies as it relates to strict liability and application of the Code and the Bermuda Sport Anti Doping Authority Rules and our Domestic Rules for Illicit Testing.

We have been working with Fusion of the DNA Group who have developed our branding and we are please to unveil our new logo. This logo was created with the belief that most athletes like to consider themselves as stars, whether they are international or domestic athletes. The BSADA logo has an icon which represents a star. This particular design has a number of meanings. The star is made up with solid coloured check marks along with a solid coloured circle at the bottom corner of each check mark. The check mark represents the all clear for an athlete or that everything checks out for them to carry on without incident.

The solid circle along with the check mark together symbolizes a stylized representation of a person. This along with the overlapping of each check mark refers to our community. This represents the community working together for a common goal. This common goal would see the success of the athlete. Colours used in the star icon represent the green lush landscape of our island home. Green also symbolizes prosperity which we hope will transfer into a large number of athletes with a large number of achievements in their sporting career.

With the advent of the 2009 Code, it has also been necessary to increase staffing levels in order to achieve best practice and delivery quality programmes and services. We are pleased to announce that Cathy Belvedere will continue to head the agency in the role as Executive Director. Cathy’s team is Granville Bennett as Education Officer, Carlnika Roser (pronounced Rosa) as Doping Control Manager, Duncan Barclays as Results, Compliance and Investigations Manager and Deborah Lambert as Business and Administration Officer.

The Board is very satisfied in knowing that with our name and the staff now firmly in place, we are well positioned to be the Authority for Anti Doping in Bermuda.  Whether domestic or amateur sports, national or international level, athletes, athlete support personnel or indeed professional level athletes, we all have a role to play in creating a level playing field for our athletes. The Bermuda Sport Anti Doping authority is here to serve the Bermuda community in this regard and we firmly believe that The Bermudian sporting community can deter athletes from using banned doping practices and illicit substances through the provision of high quality independent and accessible anti-doping programmes together with a comprehensive education and awareness plan in order to enhance the value of sport and promote a healthy environment in which to compete, and for the community to enjoy.

We thank you for coming today and we are looking forward to working with you and indeed inviting you back in the very near future to unveil our new website as well as a number of other events that we will be introducing this year.

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