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.


Important Note

Using a prohibited substance or method without a TUE may result in an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.


What is the process for applying for a TUE?

Who should apply for a TUE and when to apply? -where and when?

What are the CRITERIA for granting a TUE?

Can I get a 'Retroactive' TUE?

How to apply for a TUE?

What medical documentation will be needed for my TUE application?

When will I receive a decision on my TUE application?

What if SAIDS denies my TUE application?

What is the procedure if I need to renew my TUE?

Is a TUE granted by SAIDS valid for International competition?

What if my SAIDS TUE is not recognised by my International Federation?

Will my medical information be treated in a confidential manner?

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Protection of Private Information

 The SAIDS Rules recognise and affirm the importance of ensuring that the privacy rights of persons subject to anti-doping programmes based on the WADC, are fully respected.  The SAIDS Data Privacy Policy provides further information in this regard.

This policy has been prepared in compliance with the International Standard for Protection and Privacy of Personal Information (ISPPPI) and the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI Act).