What information is collected in ADAMS and how is it used and shared?

The types of information collected in ADAMS, as well as how they are used and shared, is based on the anti-doping rules established in the World Anti-Doping Code and the International Standards. These rules include sharing rules that are automated within ADAMS. For example, lab results uploaded by a laboratory to ADAMS are automatically shared with the ADO that authorized the test (the testing authority) and the ADO identified as responsible for conducting any required results management related to that test (results management authority). 

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Athlete Profile


Test Planning


Lab Results












ADAMS mainly contains information about athletes, and we refer to athletes as "you" in this section. If you are not an athlete, click here to learn more about information that ADAMS may contain about you. For information on delegated third parties and how they use ADAMS, click here.   

Athlete Profile

Why? What information and when? Who is this info shared with?
Basic demographic information is collected to appropriately identify athletes in ADAMS, and to contact them where necessary (for example, you may need to be notified of an averse analytical finding or whereabouts failure, or contacted by a doping control officer seeking to locate you for a sample collection session). Athlete profiles are created by an Anti-Doping Organization or ADO (typically, your National Anti-Doping Organization or International Federation).

Test Planning

Why? What information and when? Who is this info shared with?
The test planning module in ADAMS enables Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) with testing authority over an athlete to plan, coordinate, order, monitor, and avoid duplication of doping controls for athletes under their authority. ADOs with testing authority can include National Anti-Doping Organizations, International Federations, and Major Event Organizers. It is possible for multiple ADOs to have the authority to test you.

Lab Results

Why? What information and when? Who is this info shared with?
The laboratory results module in ADAMS was specifically designed to preserve the confidentiality and integrity of laboratory results. Laboratories can only see and submit laboratory results associated with sample codes, not an athlete’s name, and these results cannot be modified by any organization other than the laboratory that submitted the results.


Why? What information and when? Who is this info shared with?
Whereabouts are used to plan, coordinate, and conduct doping controls (in particular, no advance notice and out of competition testing), to support the analysis of athlete biological passports or other analytical results, or to support the investigation of or proceedings regarding anti-doping rule violations.

Not all athletes are required to provide whereabouts. Athletes within their Anti-Doping Organization’s (ADO’s) registered testing pool (high-level athletes) are required to provide complete whereabouts, as set out in the International Standard for Testing and Investigations. Other athletes may be placed in other whereabouts pools and asked to provide a subset of these whereabouts. These rules are set by each ADO and must be reassessed on an ongoing basis.

Therapeutic Use Exemption

Why? What information and when? Who is this info shared with?
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) allow athletes with a medical condition to use a prohibited substance or method where the conditions of the Code and the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) are met. The TUE ADAMS module ensures TUEs decisions are properly recorded to facilitate the mutual recognition of such decisions and to avoid the duplication of activities related to their review.

Athlete Biological Passport

Why? What information and when? Who is this info shared with?
The Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) module in ADAMS complements analytical methods to detect the use of prohibited methods or substances. It can be used to inform target testing or investigations, or to establish a prohibited use on its own. The ABP collates information on biological markers of blood and steroid doping from all samples collected for anti-doping purposes that meet the requirements of the ABP, regardless of the testing authority.

Passports are managed by athlete passport management units (APMUs), which are special units of WADA-accredited laboratories. Like laboratories, they can only see passport information associated with a passport ID, not the athlete name.

Results Management

Why? What information and when? Who is this info shared with?

The results management module is used to facilitate the coordinated management of positive test results and sanctioning of anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) to avoid duplication of such activities and facilitate the mutual recognition of disciplinary decisions.

Intelligence & Investigations

Why? What information and when? Who is this info shared with?
All anti-doping organizations (ADOs) are required to obtain, assess and process anti-doping intelligence from all available sources to help deter and detect doping and to inform effective testing strategies. ADOs must also investigate any analytical or non-analytical information or intelligence that provides reasonable cause to suspect that an anti-doping rule violation may have been committed. ADAMS serves as one source of information to support these intelligence-gathering and investigatory functions.
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