Following its approval by WADA's Executive Committee on September 22, the 2008 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is now available. This list will go into effect January 1, 2008. It can be viewed at www.wada-ama.org/rtecontent/document/2008_List_En.pdf.
Most of the changes relate to terminology applied throughout WADA's procedures. However, added to the list of prohibited substances are selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), a novel family of nonsteroidal molecules. WADA wrote in their summary that "Therapeutic SARMs are currently being developed for the treatment of muscle wasting diseases and androgen replacement therapies. Based upon their mechanisms of action and early clinical results in humans, these compounds have the potential to be used as doping substances."