Doping Controls

Who can test me?
  • Who can test me?

    Players can be tested by any Anti-Doping Organisation that has authority over the player. In short, as set forth in WADA's educational documents, an athlete has the responsibility under the World Anti-Doping Code to be available for sample collection at all times, for legitimate anti-doping reasons and within your human rights and privacy.

    Does WADA do testing?

    WADA does not normally undertake testing itself. However, it may direct FIBA or a National Anti-Doping Organisation to undertake and perform specific tests.

  • Athletes may be required to submit a sample for doping control anytime, anywhere. Testing can be conducted during competition (at an event) or out-of-competition (at squad sessions, home or training venue).

    All methods of testing follow the same basic sample collection procedures, use the same sampling equipment and follow the same standards for testing as set out in the World Anti-Doping Code. According to this document there are selection, notification, sample processing and laboratory analysis.

    The doping control video provides information about athletes’ rights and responsibilities in the doping control process and outlines each phases of the process.

    Athlete Selection

    You can be selected for doping control at any time and any place.


    A Doping Control Officer (DCO) or chaperone will notify you of your selection and outline your rights and responsibilities.

    Reporting to the Doping Control Station

    You should report for your test immediately.

    Sample collection Equipment

    You are given a choice of individually sealed collection equipment.

    Your Sample

    You will be asked to provide a sample witnessed by a DCO or chaperone. You may additionally be asked to provide a blood sample.

    Volume of Urine

    A minimum 90mL is required for all samples.

    Splitting the Sample

    Your sample will be split into an A and B bottle.

    Sealing the Samples

    You will seal the A and B bottles in accordance with the DCO’s instructions

    Measuring Specific Gravity

    The DCO will measure the specific gravity of the sample to ensure it is not too diluted to analyze.

    Completing your Doping Control Form


    You have the right to provide comments regarding the conduct of your doping control session. Be sure to confirm that all of the information is correct, including the sample code number. You will receive a copy of the doping control form.

    The Laboratory Process

    All samples are sent to WADA accredited laboratories.


  •  Players must be available for doping controls at all times.


    During the doping control:





  • After your sample is collected, it will be sent to a WADA-accredited laboratory chosen by the authority that has collected your sample.

    After arrival at the laboratory, the sample will be inspected for any evidence of tampering or leaking. The A Sample will then be anonymously analysed. If a positive is reported, the laboratory will perform a confirmation procedure.

    If the positive result is confirmed, the results of the analysis will be reported on ADAMS and notified to FIBA and other relevant anti-doping organisations.

    The B Sample

    Your B Sample will be securely stored. If your A Sample is reported as positive, you will have the right to request the analysis of the B Sample.

    How long is my sample kept?

    Samples can be stored for up to 10 years. FIBA can choose to retest your sample at any time within these 10 years.

    Even if your sample was negative when first tested, advancing technologies may detect substances that were not detected before. FIBA does implement a long-term sample storage program.