Athletes, like all others, may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take particular medications. If the medication an athlete is required to take to treat an illness or condition happens to fall under the Prohibited List, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) may give that athlete the authorization to take the needed medicine.

The criteria for a TUE being granted are:

  • The athlete would experience significant health problems without taking the prohibited substance or method
  • The therapeutic use of the substance would not produce significant enhancement of performance, and
  • There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative to the use of the otherwise prohibited substance or method.

TUEs are granted for a specific medication with a defined dosage. They are also granted for a specific period of time and do expire. The athlete needs to comply with all the treatment conditions outlined in the TUE Application.

The table below show who and when an application for a TUE is required. Please note a TUE is an application and needs to be supported by medical notes from a Doctor prescribing the medication. 

An application can take up to two weeks to be processed and a decision on the application returned. By submitting an application does not mean automatic permission.

TUE table

* Threshold levels apply in accordance to prescribed and The Codes dosage

For all support and advice with TUE applications please contact Rachel Burrows (British Swimming Anti-Doping Compliance manager) who will be able to as sit and support you with your TUE application.

Rachel will also be able to advise whether an application needs to be made via FINA or UKAD. An application cannot be submitted to more than one organisation.