What is a Therapeutic Use Exemption – “TUE”?
Athletes may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take particular medications or undergo procedures. If the medication or method requires to treat the Athlete’s illness or condition is prohibited as per the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) may give that athlete the authorisation to use that substance or method while competing without invoking an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) and applicable sanction. Applications for TUEs are evaluated by a panel of Physicians that serves on the TUE Committee (TUEC).
TUEs granted by SAIDS TUEC are only valid for National-level Competition and Out-of-Competition Testing.
The ISTUE is the reference standard for the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) TUE application process.
Using a prohibited substance or method without a TUE may result in an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.