THE FOLLOWING IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CLEAN SPORT FOR ALL FEI REGISTERED ATHLETES
As an FEI athlete, you should be reminded of the following information pertaining to both human and equine anti-doping. Should you have any questions, or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Steven Morrissey. Concerning Human Clean Sport, please contact the USEF Team Physician, Dr. Mark Hart.
Please be reminded that when you are competing under FEI rules, you (the human athlete) are subject to random, in-competition and out of competition drug testing. It is your responsibility to know if you are taking any medications on the FEI Prohibited Substance List. It is strongly recommended that you regularly visit the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) website, which contains a range of information on testing, regulations, and athlete rights. You should also regularly check the USADA web page that covers all changes to the anti-doping rules.
- GlobalDRO – what is it? This is an easy way to find out more information about any medication and if it contains prohibited substances. Just go to this user-friendly link Global Drug Reference Online. It is recommended that you save the date stamped inquiry for your own records. Also, be aware that medications purchased abroad do not always contain the same substances as those purchased in the U.S., even if branded the same.
- Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) – What is this and do you need to request one? In some situations, an athlete may have an illnesses or condition that requires the use of medication listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List. A TUE provides permission for an athlete to have a prohibited substance in their body at the time of a drug test. Without a TUE, a medication violation can result in an FEI suspension. A valid prescription from your healthcare provider for one of these prohibited medications does not assure that a TUE will be approved. It is important that you inform your healthcare provider that you are an athlete that completes Clean Sport testing under WADA anti-doping rules, and discuss all prescribed medications and potential alternatives. It is recommended that you review any medications through the GlobalDRO.org application in the presence of the prescribing provider and review specific TUE documentation if required. A TUE application can be found on the FEI Website or contact Steven Morrissey at USEF ([email protected] or 859.225.7686). The TUE application will need to be completed in detail and submitted to USEF, attention: Steven Morrissey. The USEF will then review the application to assure it is complete and will submit it to the FEI for review and approval. TUE applications need to be completed and submitted to the FEI 30 days prior to participating at an FEI event. In an emergency situation, a TUE still needs to be completed, and should be submitted to Steven Morrissey immediately. An expedited TUE will be requested if appropriate, but this process is not guaranteed.
- Recreational drugs – Because marijuana (and synthetic derivatives) is now legal in many states, there are many questions that have been raised. Marijuana is definitely still a banned substance under WADA/USADA anti-doping rules. Urine clearance times for testing purposes after last use of drugs are quite variable (from days to weeks), so it is strongly advised that all athletes avoid recreational drugs at all times.
- Supplement Information - Do not ingest supplements without fully knowing the ingredients! Supplements will never be risk free. Dietary/nutritional supplements can contain prohibited substances. Educate yourself by going to the USADA Supplement information webpage.
- Whereabouts – What are these and do you have to fill these out? Only athletes in a registered testing pool (RTP), who have been personally and directly informed of their inclusion in a RTP, are required to submit whereabouts. The whereabouts information (dates, times, locations, etc.) is information submitted to USADA by an athlete, which allows the athlete to be located for out-of-competition testing. Whereabouts requirements are determined by registered testing pool inclusion, not event participation. Steven Morrissey from USEF will be in touch if you have met this criterion.
For a quick reference guide and summary of the items listed above, please click and save the following link for your browser: https://www.usada.org/wp-content/uploads/pocket-guide.pdf
Please be reminded that all horses that are registered with the FEI or USEF shall be subject to in-competition testing. FEI’s philosophy is that horses must be “clean” at the time of competition. If seeking advice from a veterinarian ensure he/she is a registered FEI veterinarian and is fully conversant with the 2018 FEI Veterinary Rules and the Prohibited Substance List.
- FEI Prohibited List - The Prohibited Substances list identifies substances that are ‘Controlled Medication Substances’ or ‘Banned Substances.’ What is the difference? Controlled Medication Substances are those substances that athletes/staff might normally use out of competition, but are not allowed while competing. Banned Substances are those substances that are not permitted in horses at any time. There is a significant difference in penalties between these two classifications of substances. Athletes/staff should work very closely with their veterinarians when administering any substances.
- Veterinary Forms (A and B) - In 2018, the medication forms for FEI have been re-designated as Forms A and B. Form A (previously Veterinary Form 1) is used to authorize emergency treatments with a Controlled Medication Substance before or during FEI Events. Form B (previously Veterinary Form 3) is used to authorize treatments with non-oral medication and therapies not included on the EPSL (e.g. rehydration fluids and antibiotics) during FEI events. The previous Veterinary Form 2 for altrenogest (Regumate®) and cyclosporine implants is no longer required. If your horse needs to be treated at the competition, Vet Form A must be filled out prior to administering the medication. Completing this form does not guarantee that you will be allowed to compete. Make sure you familiarize yourself with this process and the new Veterinary Form uses.
- Detection Times - Detection times are the approximate time a substance stays within a horse’s system. Familiarize yourself with the FEI’s published detection times.
*Be cautious of supplements and feed. Never accept these from other sources you are not familiar with.
PERMITTED EQUINE THERAPISTS
New to the 2018 Veterinary Regulations is a requirement that any equine therapist (physiotherapist, osteopath, etc.) wishing to practice at an FEI event must be registered with the FEI as ‘Permitted Equine Therapists’ (PETs). This is done in a similar manner as veterinarian registration. Although this rule goes into effect on January 1, 2018, it will not be implemented until June/July 2018. PETs must apply to be registered through their National Federation, who will in turn make a recommendation to the FEI. The USEF will be publishing application guidelines in early January, 2018. All equine therapists should be made aware of this new rule and directed to read Articles 1126/1127 of the FEI Veterinary Regulations.