Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)

All players have the right to the best medical treatment.

FIBA’s anti-doping regulations are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and its list of Prohibited Substances and Methods. In certain cases, a player may be required to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method in order to treat an illness or condition. In such cases, he shall apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), which, if granted, gives that player the authorization to take the required medication containing a banned substance or use the required banned method.

Any player taking part in a major competition, who takes or intends to take medication that contains or may contain one of these substances or who uses or intends to use one of these methods, must apply for a TUE. This avoids the risk of sanctions in case of a positive test.

For all FIBA competitions, the TUE request must be addressed to FIBA, while for national championships it must be made to the National Basketball Federation or to the country’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO).

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TUE Process

  1. Download the TUE application form here.
  2. Have your doctor/physician fill-in the TUE application form.
  3. Send it back to FIBA or your National Basketball Federation (see above) at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the competition/championship (exceptional circumstances may allow for a shorter deadline).
  4. Once a TUE is requested, the FIBA TUE Committee, a panel of experts, reviews your request. A TUE will be granted if the following criteria are met:
    • Your health will be significantly impaired if you do not take the substance.
    • The substance does not enhance your performance beyond what brings you back to normal health;
    • There are no alternative treatments available.
  5. FIBA has 30 days to advise if you can take the requested medication or not. In the case of a denied request, you will be informed of the reasons. You have the right to appeal the decision.

For more information in relation to the TUE process please click here.

Useful tips during doping control:

  • Remember to declare any approved medication on your Doping Control Form;
  • Specify that a TUE has been granted;
  • If you can, show a copy of the TUE approval to the doping control officer.

The complete procedures for applying for and granting a TUE are outlined in the International Standard for TUEs published by WADA. You may also contact your IF or NADO for more information.