Basketball England condemns, and is totally opposed to, the use of performance enhancing drugs and doping practices in the sport of basketball and fully supports the position of the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), UK Anti-Doping and FIBA against the use of banned substances and methods.
An Anti-Doping rule violation shall be considered a breach of the Basketball England Code of Ethics and Conduct and of the UK Anti-Doping Rules.

The use, possession and/or trafficking of banned substances, methods or the encouragement or counselling to use banned substances, or methods; and/or taking measures to mask the use of banned substances or methods by a participant in tournaments, competitions, events or fixtures over which Basketball England has jurisdiction is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Basketball England is part of UK Anti-Doping which means ALL players competing in the National Leagues, and BBL/WBBL Competitions may be subjected to Drug Testing by UKAD at any time during the season.



The Doping Control Officer (DCO) will liaise with the match officials to obtain a copy of the scoresheet. They will draw at random two players from each team (i.e. any player who appears on the scoresheet). This will be done at half-time in the game using tokens that are sealed into envelopes which are then opened at the team benches 5 minutes before the end of the game. Team managers may attend the draw.

These players will be required to undertake doping tests after the match in line with UK Anti-Doping procedures. Full details on testing procedures and results management are available on the UK Anti-Doping website



Everyone involved within basketball; players, coaches, administrators or team mates have a duty to ensure that each player is aware of their own responsibility and accountability. Each player is personally responsible for any prohibited substance found in their system – regardless of how it got there. To assist, ALL players should:

  • Check the status of any substance before using it
  • Stay up to date with the latest WADA Prohibited List of Substances and Methods.
  • Inform all medical personnel that you must abide by anti – doping rules and that any medical treatment you receive must not violate these rules.



Sports supplements are frequently claimed to be the source of banned substances by players when they are found to have a reported a positive test. Historically, high sensitivity testing of supplements has indicated that a significant proportion of these contain traces of substances that are considered prohibited by WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency).

UK Anti Doping strongly advises players to be extremely cautious about the use of any supplements. No guarantee can be given that any supplement, including vitamins and minerals, ergogenic aids, and herbal remedies, is free from prohibited substances as these products are not licensed and are not subject to the same strict manufacturing and labelling requirements as licensed medicines. More information can be found HERE.

Anti-doping rules are based on the principle of strict liability and, therefore, supplements are taken at an athlete's risk and personal responsibility.

UK Anti Doping advises players that they need to go through a process when thinking about using supplements to distinguish between companies that follow quality assurance procedures to the highest standards and those companies that do not. This is particularly important with so many products readily available via the internet which may lay claim to being 'drug-free' when there are no guarantees that this is the case. Only those products that have been tested using appropriately accredited methods (ISO 17025), at the appropriate detection limits for the relevant substances, should be considered suitable for regular 'drug-free' use.

Ultimately, however, the bottom line for players is that there is no 100% guarantee about any supplements they take and this needs to be borne in mind when making choices.



All players can check the status of branded medications or ingredients using the Global Drug Reference Online.

The UKAD hay fever resource sheet has been created for summer as a useful reference guide for players and practitioners on the anti-doping status of common hay fever medications.



Therapeutic Use Exemption is a means by which a player can obtain approval to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition.

Any player in either an England Age Group Squad or Senior Great Britain/England Squad should advise all medical personnel of their obligation to abide by the UK Anti-Doping rules and that any medical treatment received must not violate these rules. 

When prescribed a substance or method, athletes should find out whether the medication is prohibited by checking the Global DRO. If the medication is not prohibited, athletes can start using the prescribed medication or treatment.



UKAD acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and UKAD requirements.

Their policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, all children:

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in sport or outside of the activity

The full UKAD Safeguarding Policy can be found here. 

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