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NADOs and the Anti-Doping Community

National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs)

National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) are at the heart of the anti-doping movement. They do the large majority of anti-doping work world-wide. They protect the right of athletes to clean sport in their own countries and territories, and abroad. They prevent doping, they deter doping and they detect doping. They educate and inform athletes, their parents and coaches, and other support personnel. They collect doping control samples and they conduct results management if a sample returns an atypical or adverse analytical finding. They conduct anti-doping investigations and they prosecute individuals based on anti-doping intelligence.

NADOs advise governments and they administer national rules against doping in sport. They provide anti-doping services to international sport organisations and to major games. NADOs collaborate with athletes and athlete support personnel, with each other, with public authorities, with Regional Anti-Doping Organisations, and with national and international sport organisations. The purpose of NADOs is doping-free sport and the protection of clean athletes.

Evolution of the iNADO Membership

In March 2011, a group of National Anti-Doping Organisations agreed that there was a need for a body to represent all NADOs.  A project was created to look at the feasibility of such an organisation. A project board comprising the NADOs of five countries (Australia, Norway, United Kingdom, USA and Canada) produced a proposal and financed the project.

The project board recommended to the NADO community that iNADO be created. This was supported unanimously at a meeting of NADOs in Paris on November 13, 2011.

At a meeting in Lausanne on March 19, 2012, NADOs gave their views on what iNADO should do in the next year.

With that encouragement, and with the support of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), including a multi-year financial grant, the project board moved to make iNADO operational. In May, 2012, iNADO’s founding CEO was hired. Membership to the Institute was formally opened.

iNADO´s office is located in Bonn, Germany. At present iNADO is composed by 66 member NADOs and only recently in 2020, 14 Regional Anti-Doping Organisations joined our membership. In 2020, as a non-for profit organisation under the laws of the United Kingdom, iNADO became a non-for profit organisation under the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany and will operate as such as of January 1st 2021.

For information on recent members of iNADO please check out our members section.