NEW ONLINE FEI PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES DATABASE NOW AVAILABLE

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FEI Clean Sport Logo Concepts 14th September 2009LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar. 29–The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Prohibited Substances Database is now available online at www.feicleansport.org. The goal is to provide clear guidance on the substances included in the Equine Prohibited Substances List coming into effect on April 5, 2010.

Under the new Equine Anti Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations, any substance prohibited in competition, no matter how it is classified, is labeled a “Prohibited Substance.” Doping substances are called “Banned Substances,” while medication substances that are commonly used in equine medicine but prohibited in competition, are called “Controlled Medication Substances.”

“This new database is an extremely practical tool for anyone involved in equestrian sport, but especially for riders, veterinarians, officials, event organizers, managers, coaches and grooms,” FEI Veterinary Director Graeme Cooke said. “The ability to search a database in this manner is now very familiar to most people. I invite everyone involved in equestrian sport to visit it and see how easy and straightforward it is to use. The database makes it clearer than ever before what is prohibited under FEI rules. The inappropriate use of substances is a threat to the health and welfare of the horse and the FEI is making every effort to ensure that everyone understands and adheres to the new Regulations. This is especially important as the latter now provides for a minimum two-year sanction for the proven use of a Banned Substances.”

The database contains all substances–approximately 1,200–on the Equine Prohibited Substances List. It provides details such as substance definition, common usage and a few but not an exhaustive list of most popular trade names. Detailed instructions for use of the database and a feedback form are also available. The FEI advised that It is important for the database to be searched by the active substance and not the trade name as simple trade names can vary substantially between countries and can change.

The database will be constantly updated and any new substances that are added to the Equine Prohibited Substances List will be added to the database as well. New substances will not lead to a regulation violation until they have been on the List for at least 90 days.