LEGAL | ANTI-DOPING
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)
If players have a legitimate medical reason for using a prohibited substance or method that is on the list, they may be accommodated if they meet the criteria outlined in the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE).
If so, a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) will make sure the player can receive the treatment they need without risking a sanction if they test positive for a prohibited substance in a doping control.
The player must apply for a TUE at least 30 days before taking part in a FIFA competition by submitting a TUE application form to either their national anti-doping organisation, confederation or FIFA. More information about which entity is responsible for TUE applications can be found in FIFA’s TUE Policy. The doctor prescribing the prohibited substance or method should help the player to fill out the respective TUE application form.
The doctor must be provided with all of the relevant medical documents to support the player’s TUE application.
Once the player has submitted their application, it will be assessed by a panel of medical experts appointed by the FIFA Medical Committee: the TUE Advisory Group comprises three doctors experienced in treating athletes and who have practical knowledge of clinical, sports and training medicine. If they decide the player is eligible for a TUE, they will be granted permission to take the medication.
The player has to declare the TUE and medication whenever they take part in a doping control.