New anti-doping code in Germany

The updated anti-doping code of NADA, the German National anti-doping agency, is valid as of January 1, 2009. The new code will likely be part of the bylaws of the German cycling federation (BDR), as long as it gets approved in the general assembly.

The complete code is now available. Some of the changes include the emphasis on unannounced controls and changes to some of the TUE (therapeutic use exemption) procedures.

Retired athletes can still be tested. The code also added more emphasis on the fact that the identity of a suspected doper should remain anonymous until the B-sample is examined. The code also clarifies the amount of urine needed for A and B sample.

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