Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)
All players have the right to the best medical treatment.
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 or she must apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) prior to the Use of such prohibited substance or method, which, if granted, gives that player the authorisation to take the required medication containing a banned substance or use the required banned method.
Any player taking part in a FIBA 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 the event of a positive test.
Who has to apply and where?
FIBA’s anti-doping regulations are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and its list of Prohibited Substances and Methods.
If you are a player who is competing in FIBA competitions you must file your TUE request with FIBA.
FIBA Competitions include all FIBA National Team Competitions, FIBA Club Competitions, FIBA 3x3 Competitions and FIBA-Recognised Competitions or other competitions applying the FIBA anti-doping regulations by reference.
If you are exclusively competing in national championships your TUE request must be addressed to your National Basketball Federation or to the country’s National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO), as per the domestic regulations.
Please click here to access a list of all NADOS.
FIBA TUE Process
Download the TUE application form here.
You can find the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions here.
Have your doctor/physician fill-in the TUE application form, including a short summary of your clinical condition and the need for a TUE.
Send the application to FIBA as soon as possible and at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the competition/championship (exceptional circumstances may allow for a shorter deadline). Please keep in mind that the application will not be reviewed unless it complies with the following requirements:
- Applications must include supporting medical information, which includes a comprehensive medical history, including documentation from the original diagnosing physician(s) (where possible) and the results of all examinations, laboratory investigations and imaging studies relevant to the application.
- Applications must be submitted in English with translations of all supporting information
- Applications must be legible (preferably typewritten)
- Applications must be signed by both the relevant medical practitioner and the player
Upon receipt of the application, a panel of experts (the FIBA TUE Committee), reviews your request.
A TUE will be granted if (and only if) the Player can establish that all of the following criteria are met (ISTUE Article 4.2)
- The substance or method is needed to treat a diagnosed medical condition supported by relevant clinical evidence.
- The substance does not enhance your performance beyond what brings you back to normal health;
- There are no reasonable permitted alternative treatments available; and
- The necessity for the Use of the Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method is not a consequence, wholly or in part, of the prior Use (without a TUE) of a substance or method that was prohibited at the time of such Use.
FIBA will decide whether to grant the application as soon as possible. Please ensure that the application is complete when submitted, this will greatly accelerate the review process (see the TUE application for more instructions on what must be submitted).
In the case of a denied request, you will be informed of the reasons. You have the right to appeal the decision.
Please note, if you did take a Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method in an emergency situation (or other valid reason set forth in Article 4.1 or 4.3 the WADA International Standard for TUEs) you may need to apply for a retroactive TUE.
For more information in relation to the TUE process please click here.
Recognition of national TUEs
FIBA does not automatically recognise national TUEs. Players with a national-level TUE MUST submit a FIBA TUE Application to requests the recognition of his or her national TUE.
Upon receipt of the request for recognition (submission of the valid national TUE receipt), the FIBA TUE Committee will ordinarily recognise the TUE, if it meets the criteria defined in the WADA International Standard for TUEs.
Every team (national team or club) that registers for a FIBA competition shall declare every player with a valid national TUE at the moment of the registration. The team shall provide a copy of the valid national TUE in this process.
As mentioned above, the FIBA TUEC will review the valid national TUE upon its receipt and reserves the right to request additional information and/or documentation, if deemed necessary to take a decision on the recognition. A player in possession of a valid national TUE may not take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method during a FIBA Competition, or during other times in which he or she is subject to FIBA’s testing authority, unless and until the FIBA TUEC has granted the request for recognition.
Useful tips during doping control:
- Remember to declare any approved medication on your Doping Control Form;
- Specify that a TUE has been granted;
- Carry with you a copy of the TUE Certificate and, if possible, show it to the doping control officer.
Note: the above constitute a practical summary and not legal or medical advice. Please refer to the complete procedures governing the application and granting of a TUE as set out in the International Standard for TUEs published by WADA. You may also contact FIBA (firstname.lastname@example.org), your National Federation or NADO for more information.