As approved by the Board of BF, the Anti-Doping rules of British Fencing are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time.

UK Anti-doping

FIE Anti-Doping Rules

The World Anti-Doping Agency


There are many organisations that work hard to protect sport. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is responsible for leading the collaborative world-wide campaign for clean sport. Established in 1999 as an independent agency and funded by both sport and governments, it manages the development of the World Anti-Doping Code. The Code aims to harmonise all anti-doping policies ensuring that athletes and athlete support personnel are treated fairly and consistently. It has been updated so new rules are in place from 1st January 2024

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s mission is to lead a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.

A world where all athletes can participate in a doping-free sporting environment.

To lead a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport.

In the UK, British Fencing works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to prevent doping.

UKAD is the national anti-doping agency for the UK, dedicated to protecting a culture of clean sport – it achieves this through implementing education and testing programmes, gathering and developing intelligence, and prosecuting those found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

UKAD is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through the implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.

Parents’ Guide to Support Clean Sport


100% me is UK Anti-Doping’s education programme for athletes – designed to provide information resources, education sessions and general advice to athletes throughout their sporting careers.

Find out about 100% me in the dedicated Athlete Zone of the UKAD website.

What is Strict Liability

The Prohibited List

What are the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)

Managing Inadvertent Doping Risks

Reporting Doping Concerns

Useful Links and Resources

Anti-Doping rule violations

Therapetic Use Exemptions

TUE Applications:
1 International Level Fencers – are those in the top 64 of the FIE senior world rankings at the start of the international season. They need to apply to the FIE
2 National Level Fencers – are those selected for the upcoming GBR senior teams for European Championships,  World Championships, or Olympic Games. They need to apply to UKAD.
3 All other fencers – if required to provide a sample for testing are able to use the Retroactive TUE process.

UKAD guide to TUEs

CDP for Coaches – Any coach wishing to accompany a GBR athlete to an FIE or EFC event, whether as a personal coach or as a squad coach must have undergone the online anti-doping training course Coach Clean within the last two years.

Coaches who are coaching any competing athletes (whether in domestic or international competition) are strongly encouraged to undertake the training as part of their personal development.

To Check medications use Global DRO



  • All British Fencing compete memberships will bind members to comply with all rules, including anti-doping rules, for 12 months from the start of the membership. This would apply to any potential short-term membership.
  • Athlete retirement.
    Any British Fencing member who is an International Level Fencer (as defined by the FIE for potential Therapeutic Use Exemption purposes) will need to confirm when they retire from competition; this can be by letting their membership expire or in writing (letter or email) to the British Fencing office.
  • Fencers are reminded that all members agree to be bound by the anti-doping rules, including those aged under 18. Please see the information at regarding the relevant procedures for testing of minors.
  • All fencers selected for international events must have evidence of some anti-doping education. This can be a British Fencing workshop, the UKAD online course Compete Clean+, or another online education course.
  • All fencers selected for European or World Championships MUST do the UKAD online course, Compete Clean+ and upload their certificate to their membership record.
  • All parents of fencers selected to fence internationally must do some anti-doping education. We strongly reccomend the UKAD online course Introduction to Clean Sport on the Clean Sport hub at

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