International Anti-Doping Agreement

IADA is an intergovernmental alliance in which national anti-doping agencies are strongly involved.

IADA was established in 1991 as a memorandum of understanding at government level outlining member countries’ commitment to co-operatively pursue and promote anti-doping in sport.

Today, the IADA alliance included the governments of Australia, Japan, Canada, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway. The Ministry of Culture represents the official Party in the agreement.

Through the agreement, the parties commit to strengthen and ensure progress in the international anti-doping activities through the development of quality anti-doping programmes on a global scale.

IADA developed the international standard for doping controls which was further developed by WADA and became the international standards for testing as part of WADA’s Code. Several projects have been initiated by IADA, such as a training in quality management in co-operation with DNV (Det Norske Veritas). IADA’s working groups have also developed a quality management system for doping control in accordance with the requirements of an ISO standard.

Anti-Doping Norway has taken an active part in several of IADA’s working groups and has played a central role in the development of guidelines and other documents.

The IADA Steering Committee convenes once or twice a year. Representatives of both governments and anti-doping organisations participate in the meetings. The Steering Committee acts as IADA’s board, which decides on strategies, action plans and co-operation projects with WADA, including funding arrangements.

Norway is hosting the Secretariat from 1 of January 2015 till 31 of December 2016.

Members: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden.