Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
Athletes may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take particular medications.
International Level Athletes
If you are an International-Level Athlete (see definition below) and have an illness or condition that requires a medication containing a substance that is on the Prohibited List, you must apply to the World Curling Federation (WCF) for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) using the WCF TUE Application Form (see below). Before you do this, you should ask your doctor if there are any suitable permitted alternative treatments.
All TUE Application Forms, along with medical documentation to support the application, must be sent to the World Curling Federation TUE Committee by email to [email protected] or fax: +44 1738 451641
In order to ensure the application can be processed efficiently, please include sufficient information to support the diagnosis including physicians’ notes, laboratory and/or test results and any imaging results.
Please also refer to Medical information to support the decisions of TUE committee’s.
The World Curling Federation defines an International Level Athlete as:
Athletes who compete in the Olympic Winter Games, Paralympic Winter Games, any of the following World Curling Federation International Events and who are included in the WCF Registered Testing Pool (RTP) and WCF Team Testing Pool (TTP):
- World Men’s Curling Championship
- World Women’s Curling Championship
- World Junior Curling Championships
- World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship
- World Wheelchair Curling Championship
- World Wheelchair Mixed Doubles Curling Championship
- European Curling Championships A-Division
- Pan-Continental Curling Championships A-Division
- Olympic Qualification Event
Athletes participating in non-sanctioned events or events organised by the World Curling Federation but are NOT considered International Events for the purpose of the WCF Anti-Doping Rules, see below, should apply for a TUE to their National Anti-doping Organisation (NADO) in accordance with the NADO rules and request recognition of the TUE from the World Curling Federation.
- World Senior Curling Championships
- World Mixed Curling Championship
- Any B or C Division events
- Any Qualification events with the exception of the Olympic Qualification Event
TUE approvals issued by NADOs for International-Level Athletes who are not included in the WCF RTP or TTP are automatically recognised. Please make sure that the TUE approval is either saved by your NADO in ADAMS or submitted to the WCF [email protected]
Athletes are advised not to take any prohibited substance without a valid TUE but any established treatment should not be stopped and any urgent medication should be started. In these circumstances, submission of a TUE Application and medical evidence must be submitted quickly.
If the TUE is granted, you will be permitted to use the medication without committing an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) during the period of validity of the TUE.
Glucocorticoids and Therapeutic Use Exemptions Guidelines
The World Anti-Doping Agency has published a Guidance Document which provides information for athletes, support personnel, Anti-Doping Organisations and physicians on the following topics:
- Glucocorticoids and the List of Prohibited Substances
- Glucocorticoids and TUE applications
- Washout periods following administration of glucocorticoids
- When to apply for a TUE
- How a TUE Committee would evaluate a glucocorticoid TUE application
The document can be downloaded here.