WADA 4th TUE Symposium Helsinki
Presentation of Dr. Andrew Slack, Medical Manager of WADA
24 September 2017
- The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) hosted its fourth Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Symposium in Helsinki, Finland, from 21-22 September 2017. The TUE process is a means by which an athlete can obtain approval to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition.
The Symposium was attended by over 200 representatives from National Anti-Doping Organizations, International Federations and other international sports organizations from around the globe. The two-day event included panel sessions and presentations by experts from a variety of fields including science, medicine and law.
Reflecting on the success of the Symposium, Dr. Alan Vernec, Medical Director, WADA said: “It is essential that we share our challenges and best practices to solidify our unified approach to the TUE process; and, to ensure that athletes the world over are afforded the same opportunities, regardless of their sport, geographical location or specific medical issues.”
Other highlights included an Interactive Talk on TUEs from an athlete’s perspective, presented by Callum Skinner, professional Track Cyclist and Olympic gold and silver medallist in the Team and Individual Sprint. Skinner gave an athlete’s perspective of competing in high level sports while suffering from