Sports and drugs
11 March 2019

World Anti-Doping Code

In anticipation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Paris in 2024, France has launched a major plan to modernise its anti-doping system with a view to better preventing this scourge, but also to bring its organisation in line with the standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
These developments demonstrate France’s commitment to meeting its international obligations and, more broadly, to being among the Nations that are most committed to preserving the integrity of sport and to protecting athletes.

From now on, disciplinary proceedings will be the sole responsibility of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), which will have new prerogatives in the processing of cases. As such, the AFLD will be able to propose disciplinary sanctions to athletes, which they will be able to accept once they acknowledge the charges against them. The major development lies in introducing exclusive recourse to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within the framework of proceedings involving offences committed by international-level athletes or at international events.

Additionally, there are two changes to the AFLD’s prerogatives:
  • From now on, "sportifs des collectifs nationaux" (high-potential athletes) are included in the Agency’s target group, in the same way as sportspeople appearing in the list of “sportifs de haut niveau” (top athletes). They will consequently be obliged to keep the Agency informed of their location to allow unannounced anti-doping checks to be carried out.
  • Provision has been made for a more flexible framework for publishing decisions by the AFLD sanctions committee, as well as administrative settlement agreements, giving the AFLD the freedom to determine the publishing medium for sanctions and agreements.
In addition to reinforcing crackdown measures, the Ministry of Sport is currently working on its new national plan for the prevention of doping and doping practices for 2019-2024.

This plan will be presented on 29 March at a symposium to be held at the headquarters of the French National Sports and Olympic Committee (CNOSF). It will allow for more coordinated action to be taken with all partners, which is targeted towards athletes and their entourage, but also towards the general public and places where sport and exercise are practised.