All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean.

England Boxing believes in clean boxing and work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and our International Federation to ensure that the integrity of our sport is protected.

The use of performance-enhancing drugs and other doping behaviour severely damages the legitimacy of sport and undermines the integrity of clean athletes.

Anti-Doping Rules

England Boxing has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel must abide by. The anti-doping rules for England Boxing are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code, which governs anti-doping internationally.

You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules here.

The anti-doping rules of England Boxing are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as the rules of England Boxing.

If you are a member of England Boxing, the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at.

Prohibited list

England Boxing abides by the WADA Anti-Doping rules and regulations. Below is a link to the prohibited list for 2021, which comes into effect from 1st January. and the summary of modifications.

Please familiarise yourself with the lists below.

World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List 2021

World Anti-Doping Agency Summary Of Modifications 2021

What is Strict Liability?

All athletes need to be aware of the principle of strict liability. This means that all athletes are solely responsible for any banned substance they use, attempt to use, or that is found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not they had an intention to cheat.

It is crucial that athletes check all medications are safe to take prior to use. Medications can be checked online via Global DRO.

Athletes must undertake thorough internet research of any supplement products before use – including the name of the product and the ingredients/substances listed. Information revealed as a result should be further investigated and we advise athletes to keep evidence of their search.

What are the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)?

The 2015 Code outlines ten Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs).  Athletes, and Athlete Support Personnel (ASP), may receive a ban from sport if any of the following ADRVs are committed:

•    Returning a positive test

•    Using, or attempting to use, a banned substance or method

•    Refusal or failure to provide a sample when requested

•    Tampering, or attempting to tamper, with any part of the testing process (ASP)

•    Possession of a banned substance or method (ASP)

•    Trafficking, or attempted trafficking, of any banned substance or method (ASP)

•    Administering, or attempted administering, of a banned substance or method to an athlete; or encouragement, aiding and/or covering up of any involvement in an ADRV (ASP)

•    Receiving any combination of three filing failures and/or missed tests in a time period of 12 months (for athletes who are part of the National Registered Testing Pool)

•    Complicity (new from 1 Jan 2015)

•    Prohibited Association (new from 1 Jan 2015)

All ten ADRVs apply to athletes. Only the ADRVs in with ASP in brackets apply to ASPs.

Consequences are Significant

Under the 2015 Code, a minimum four-year ban from sport will apply to those who are found to be deliberately cheating and breaking the rules.

The 2015 Code has little sympathy for carelessness – for inadvertent doping, athletes are more likely to face a two-year ban from sport.

Find out more detail

To find out how to best manage inadvertent doping risk, the use of TUEs, what happens in a test, where to seek help and the bigger anti-doping picture click to view the England Boxing anti-doping key information document and the England Boxing anti-doping statement.

You can also read an article featuring key research by Matthews and Jordan.