NEW EQUINE ANTI-DOPING, CONTROLLED MEDICATION RULES NOW LIVE FOR ALL FEI EVENTS
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Apr. 5–New equine anti-doping and controlled medication regulations and the Equine Prohibited Substances List are now in effect for all International Equestrian Federation (FEI) events. All involved in equestrian sport, especially competitors, national federations, veterinarians, event organizers, officials, managers, coaches and grooms, are responsible for understanding and abiding by the new Regulations.
“Today, 5 April, is a landmark day for our sport, the beginning of the Clean Sport Era,” said Alex McLin, FEI Secretary General. “Today marks the culmination of a collective effort by the entire equestrian community to protect the integrity of our sport and the welfare of our horses.”
Under the new regulations, anything prohibited in competition, no matter how the substance 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”.
To help riders and vets quickly determine whether substances they are using are prohibited, the FEI has created made a searchable Prohibited Substances database.
The new regulations set clearer responsibilities for competitors and tougher sanctions for violations. Additionally, the FEI has broadened the concept of “Person Responsible” to include a greater focus on support personnel. The goal is to ensure that all participants in equestrian sports who violate the Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations are held accountable.
The new Regulations, List and other materials are available at www.feicleansport.org.