Safeguarding and Integrity Update – November 2023

This month we focus on Checking Medications and TUEs and tell you about National Safeguarding Adults Week and Anti-Bullying Week.

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Checking Medications & TUEs

Following last month’s notification of the publication 2024 WADA Prohibited List, now is a good time to check your medications and take any required action.

At the point that you are prescribed with any medication (or purchase any medication over-the-counter), you should check the anti-doping status of that medication on Global DRO.

If you require medication that is prohibited, and there are no suitable alternative, an application may be made for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

Do I need a TUE?

The following athletes are part of UK Anti-Doping’s National TUE Pool:

  1. Rowers submitting their daily whereabouts to UKAD (that is, rowers in the National Registered Testing Pool and Domestic Testing Pool).
  2. GB Senior, Para and U23 Squads.
  3. Rowers invited to compete at i. GB Rowing Team Olympic or Paralympic Trials; or ii. GB Rowing Team Senior, Para, U23 or FISU Trials (NB. annual trials are by invitation only; GBRT assessments are not included).
  • If you are included in the UKAD National TUE Pool or you are considered to be an International-Level Athlete and you are required to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in advance of using the substance or method in question.
  • Rowers outside of the National TUE Pool will only be able to apply for a TUE retroactively (after a positive test finding). Therefore, it is important that rowers who have a genuine need for medication that is prohibited ensure they collect all the evidence they need in order to satisfy the conditions of a TUE application.

You can use the UKAD TUE Wizard to find out if, when and how to apply for a TUE.

Please contact cleansport@britishrowing.org or UKAD at tue@ukad.org.uk should you have any questions relating to medications or TUEs.

Failure to have a valid TUE when required could result in an anti-doping violation and a ban from sport.

National Safeguarding Adults Week: 20th – 24th November

#SafeguardingAdultsWeek

The week is an opportunity for organisations to come together to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues. The aim is to highlight key issues, start conversations and raise awareness of safeguarding best practice.

Each day will be focusing on a different safeguarding theme which relates to how individuals and organisations can safeguard themselves and others.

  • Monday: What’s my role in safeguarding adults
  • Tuesday: Lets start talking
  • Wednesday: Who cares for the carers?
  • Thursday: Adopting a Trauma informed approach to safeguarding adults
  • Friday: Listen, Learn, Lead – Co-Production with experts by experience

For further information you can:

Anti-Bullying Week: 13th – 17th November

Make a Noise About Bullying!

It is also Anti-Bullying Week this month and we would like to take the time to remind you that we have an anti-bullying policy and a model policy that clubs can adopt for themselves. This is available on our Policies and Guidance webpage under ‘Welfare’.

Contact Us

If you need to contact any of the Safeguarding & Integrity team, our contact details can be found here.