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Natural Drug Free Requirements

  • All competitors must be drug free for amount of time allocated for the competition they are in- National and International Events have a minimum of five years drug free, unless stipulated differently. INBA/PNBA testing is carried out in accordance with the INBA/PNBA drug testing custody and control form collection policy and procedures. Tests are submitted and processed through WADA accredited labs.
  • You must obtain two characters references attesting that you have been drug free depending on amount of time allocated for the competition.
  • You will be required to pay for testing, which will include but not limited to, random testing, overall winners, in and out of competition testing, etc.
  • This includes all performance enhancing "drugs" that are on the World Anti-Doping Code International Standard PROHIBITED LIST.
  • All athletes must pass an INBA/PNBA WADA certified urine or blood test (all athletes subject to random testing in and out of competition).
  • We will also conduct random drug testing at each event as well as random testing to all members of the Natural Teams throughout the year.
  • If an athlete tests positive for a banned substance they will be suspended from competing for a minimum of one year up to lifetime ban, and their name, picture and test results posted on the website (Hall of Shame), placings will be corrected under results and magazines.
  • Any dispute arising out of a decision made pursuant to the INBA/PNBA Antio-Doping Rules, after exhaustion of the process expressly provided for in the INBA/PNBA Anti-Doping Rules, may be appealed exclusively to the Court of Arbitation for Sport.
  • Decisions of the Court of Arbitration for Sport shall be final and enforceable, and that I will nto bring any claim, arbitration, lawsuit or litigation in any other court and tribunal.
  • Any athlete that is found experimenting with a banned substance will be banned for life. The athlete suspension begins immediately upon receipt of a positive test. The athlete has the right to appeal the decision, however, the suspension remains in effect until either the "B" sample confirms or refutes the findings.
  • Be advised that among the banned substances are ephedrine and its derivatives, DHEA and Andro and all of its derivatives. It is your responsibility to be aware of the substances that are on the banned list. Ignorance is not an excuse.

Official Banned Substances :

The following is a non-exhaustive list of banned and/or restricted substances. Please very with the appropriate IOC regulated body for a complete and up-to-date listing.


A. Stimulants

  • amiphenazole
  • amphetamines
  • amineptine
  • cocaine
  • ephedrine
  • fencamfamine
  • mesocarb
  • pentylentetrazol
  • pipradol
  • salbutamol & terbutaline (are permitted by inhaler only and must be declared to the relevant medical authority.)

NOTE: All imidazole preparations are acceptable for topical use, e.g. oxymetazoline. Vasoconstrictors (e.g. adrenaline) may be administered with local anesthetic agents. Topical preparations (e.g. nasal, ophthalmologic) of Phenylephrine are permitted.

B. Narcotic analgesics

  • dextromoramide
  • dextropropoxyphene
  • diamorphine
  • methadone
  • morphine
  • pentazocine
  • pethidine

.... and related substances

NOTE: Codeine, Dextromethorphan, Dihydrocodeine, Diphenoxylate and Pholcodine are permitted.

C. Anabolic agents

The Anabolic class includes anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) and Beta-2 Agonists.

1.Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS)

The AAS class includes testosterone and substances that are related in structure and activity to it. They have been misused in sport to increase muscle strength bulk, and to promote aggressiveness.

Some examples of AAS are:

  • clostebol
  • fluoxymesterone
  • metandienone
  • metenolone
  • nandrolone
  • oxandrolone
  • stanozolol
  • testosterone *

... and related substances

Note: The administration of testosterone is banned. The presence of a testosterone (T) to epitestosterone (E) ratio greater than six (6) to one (1) in the urine of a competitor constitutes an offense unless there is evidence that this ratio is due to a physiological or pathological condition, e.g. low epitestosterone excretion, androgen production by tumor, enzyme deficiencies.

2.Beta-2 Agonists

Some examples of beta-2 Agonists are:

  • clenbuterol
  • salbutamol
  • terbutaline
  • saimeterol
  • fenoterol

.... and related substances

D. Diuretics

Some examples of diuretics are:

  • acetazolamide
  • bumetanide
  • chlorthalidone
  • ethacrynic acid
  • furosemide
  • hydrochlorothiazide
  • mannitol
  • mersalyl
  • spironolactone
  • triamterene

.... and related substances

E. Peptide and Glycoprotein hormones and analogues

1.Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG - human chorionic Gonadotrophin)

2.Corticotropin (ACTH)

3.Growth hormone (HGH, somatropin)

4.Erythrorpoietin (EPO)

… and related substances


A. Blood doping

B. Pharmacological, chemical and physical manipulation

( The responsible authorities ban the use of substances and of methods that alter the integrity and validity of urine samples used in doping controls. Examples of banned methods are catheterization, urine substitution and/or tampering, inhibition of renal excretion. e.g. by probenecid and related compounds, and epitestosterone administration.)


C. Local anesthetics

Injectable local anesthetics are permitted under the following conditions:

(a) that bupivacaine, lidocaine, mepivacaine, procaine etc. are used but not cocaine.

Vasoconstrictor agents (e.g. adrenaline) may be used in conjunction with local aesthetics.

(b) only local or intra-articular injections may be administered;

(c) only when medically justified (i.e. the details including diagnosis, dose and route of

administration must be submitted immediately in writing to the relevant medical authority.

D. Corticosteroids

The use of Corticosteroids is banned except

(a) for topical use (aural, opthalmological and dermatogical) but not rectal;

(b) by inhalation;

(c) by intra-articular or local injection.

E. Beta-blockers

Some examples of beta-blockers are:

  • acebutalol
  • alprenolol
  • atenolof
  • labetalol
  • metoprolol
  • nadolol
  • oxprenolol
  • propranolol
  • sotalol

.... and related substances


Caution: This is not an exhaustive list of banned substances. It is provided only to give the reader a more comprehensive list of banned substances. Many substances that do not appear on this expanded list are considered banned under the term "and related substances".

A. Stimulants

amfepramone metamfetamine

amineptine methoxyphenamine

amfetamine methylendioxyamfetamine

cathine methylephedrine

cropropamide nikethamide

crotetamide norphenfluramine

etamivan parahydroxyamfetamine

etilamfetamine pemoline

etilefrine phendimetrazine

fencamfamin phentermine

fenetylline phenylpropanolamine

fenfluramine pholedrine

heptaminol prolintane

mefenorex propylhexedrine

mephentermine pseudoephedrine

mesocarb salbutamol


B. Narcotics








C. Anabolic Agents

(1)Anabolic steroids


boldenone metenolone

clenbuterol methandriol

clostebol methyltestosterone

danazol mibolerone

dehydrochlormethyltest nandrolone

dihydrotestosterone norethandrolone

drostanolone oxandrolone

fluoxymesterone oxymesterone

formebolone oxymetholone

Insulin stanozolol

metandienone testosterone



A full list can also be viewed on the WADA internet website

Prohibited Classes of Substances and Prohibited Methods.
It is the Athletes responsibility to make themselves aware of updates.
Doping contravenes the ethics of both sport and medical science.
Doping consists of:

1. The administration of substances belonging to prohibited classes of pharmacological agents, and/or.
2. The use of various prohibited methods. The WDFPF regards Beta Blockers as acceptable medication.
The official text of the Prohibited List shall be maintained by WADA and shall be published in
English and French. In the event of any conflict between the English and French versions,
the English version shall prevail.

This List shall come into effect on 1 January 2007