As part of the process of introducing the World Anti-Doping Code, NZSDA has made some important changes to its requirements concerning medical declarations and notifications. These are effective from 1st January 2004. A summary of these changes is provided below. Further detail can be found on the NZSDA website. • Prior to 2004, corticosteroids (brown preventers) in inhalers and bronchodilators were permitted. They are now permitted ONLY WITH ADVANCED MEDICAL NOTIFICATION. They are therefore in the same class as Beta 2 Agonists (Blue relievers) and fencers using these medications must complete the “Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemption Application Process”. This requires their doctor to compete a form available from the NZSDA website. Note that this form is different from these used previously and a new form must be completed for 2004.
• All full Therapeutic Use Exemption Applications must be on the new Therapeutic Use Exemption Standard Application Form now provided on the NZSDA website The necessary forms can be found on the Therapeutic Use Committee webpage (click on “Therapeutic Use Committee” on the left of the home page) at the NZSDA website.
NZSDA Liaison Officer
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