The updated Australian Touch Association Anti-Doping Policy has been approved by the ATA Board of Directors and the Australian Sports Commission and is effective from 1 January 2005. The new policy puts in place the latest requirements of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA). These are the guidelines and policy that the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Sports Drug Agency have provided to the ATA as part of funding terms and conditions. The following is an extract from the ASC regarding the implementation of the World Ant-Doping Code: “The reasons for the changes are that the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA) Act has been amended. As such ASDA is required to comply with the World Anti-Doping Program legislative amendments. The changes to the policy are: * New anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) under the Code are recognised * Ability to publicly name athletes appearing the register of notifiable events (RNE) * Allows increased information collection, exchange and dissemination powers Which ADRVs will ASDA make entries onto the RNE? * Tampering with ASDA process (athletes) * Evasion * Violation of athlete availability requirements: * Failure to provide whereabouts information * Missed tests * Positive tests * Failure to comply Are there other ADRVs? In relation to use or attempted use, possession, trafficking and administration of prohibited substances or methods, ASDA will collect and examine information and pass it onto the relevant sport to action in accordance with the anti-doping policy. ASDA would publicly name an athlete after the outcome of a hearing has been disclosed. ASDA will disclose the following information: Information pertaining to athlete whereabouts, therapeutic use exemptions, test histories and results or information relating to potential ADRVs. Information exchange/disclosure may be to WADA, International or National Federations, National Anti-Doping Organisations, Australian Customs Service, Australian Federal Police, Australian Sports Commission or the Australian Olympic Committee.” The Australian Touch Association has been presenting the updated drug policy to members of the National Training Squads at camps over the past 12 months. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Peter Topp at the Australian Touch Association on (02) 6285 2703. The new policy has been posted on the MyClubTouch website at the link below. Simply click on the link and then select `download file’ on the top left hand corner of the My Club Touch page that appears. ATA ANTI-DOPING POLICY The new policy will be permanently located on the My Club Touch website, under `Down Loads’, then `Data Files’, the `ATA Anti-Doping Policy’.