The member States of the Council of Europe, the other States party to the European
Cultural Convention, and other States, signatory hereto,
Considering that the aim of the Council of Europe is to achieve a greater unity between
its members for the purpose of safeguarding and realising the ideals and principles which
are their common heritage and facilitating their economic and social progress;
Conscious that sport should play an important role in the protection of health, in
moral and physical education and in promoting international understanding;
Concerned by the growing use of doping agents and methods by sportsmen and sportswomen
throughout sport and the consequences thereof for the health of participants and the
future of sport;
Mindful that this problem puts at risk the ethical principles and educational values
embodied in the Olympic Charter, in the International Charter for Sport and Physical
Education of Unesco and in Resolution (76) 41 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council
of Europe, known as the "European Sport for All Charter";
Bearing in mind the anti-doping regulations, policies and declarations adopted by the
international sports organisations;
Aware that public authorities and the voluntary sports organisations have complementary
responsibilities to combat doping in sport, notably to ensure the proper conduct, on the
basis of the principle of fair play, of sports events and to protect the health of those
that take part in them;
Recognising that these authorities and organisations must work together for these
purposes at all appropriate levels;
Recalling the resolutions on doping adopted by the Conference of European Ministers
responsible for Sport, and in particular Resolution No. 1 adopted at the 6th Conference at
Reykjavik in 1989;
Recalling that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has already adopted
Resolution (67) 12 on the doping of athletes, Recommendation No. R (79) 8 on doping in
sport, Recommendation No. R (84) 19 on the "European Anti-doping Charter for
Sport", and Recommendation No. R (88) 12 on the institution of doping controls
without warning outside competitions;
Recalling Recommendation No. 5 on doping adopted by the 2nd International Conference of
Ministers and Senior Officials responsible for Sport and Physical Education organised by
Unesco at Moscow (1988);
Determined however to take further and stronger co-operative action aimed at the
reduction and eventual elimination of doping in sport using as a basis the ethical values
and practical measures contained in those instruments,
Have agreed as follows:
Article 1 Aim of the Convention
The Parties, with a view to the reduction and eventual elimination of doping in sport,
undertake, within the limits of their respective constitutional provisions, to take the
steps necessary to apply the provisions of this Convention.
Article 2 Definition and scope of the Convention
- For the purposes of this Convention:
- "doping in sport" means the administration to sportsmen or sportswomen, or the
use by them, of pharmacological classes of doping agents or doping methods;
- "pharmacological classes of doping agents or doping methods" means, subject to
paragraph 2 below, those classes of doping agents or doping methods banned by the relevant
international sports organisations and appearing in lists that have been approved by the
monitoring group under the terms of Article 11.1.b;
- "sportsmen and sportswomen" means those persons who participate regularly in
organised sports activities.
- Until such time as a list of banned pharmacological classes of doping agents and doping
methods is approved by the monitoring group under the terms of Article 11.1.b, the
reference list in the appendix to this Convention shall apply.
Article 3 Domestic co-ordination
- The Parties shall co-ordinate the policies and actions of their government departments
and other public agencies concerned with combating doping in sport.
- They shall ensure that there is practical application of this Convention, and in
particular that the requirements under Article 7 are met, by entrusting, where
appropriate, the implementation of some of the provisions of this Convention to a
designated governmental or non-governmental sports authority or to a sports organisation.
Article 4 Measures to restrict the availability and use of
banned doping agents and methods
- The Parties shall adopt where appropriate legislation, regulations or administrative
measures to restrict the availability (including provisions to control movement,
possession, importation, distribution and sale) as well as the use in sport of banned
doping agents and doping methods and in particular anabolic steroids.
- To this end, the Parties or, where appropriate, the relevant non-governmental
organisations shall make it a criterion for the grant of public subsidies to sports
organisations that they effectively apply anti-doping regulations.
- Furthermore, the Parties shall:
- assist their sports organisations to finance doping controls and analyses, either by
direct subsidies or grants, or by recognising the costs of such controls and analyses when
determining the overall subsidies or grants to be awarded to those organisations;
- take appropriate steps to withhold the grant of subsidies from public funds, for
training purposes, to individual sportsmen and sportswomen who have been suspended
following a doping offence in sport, during the period of their suspension;
- encourage and, where appropriate, facilitate the carrying out by their sports
organisations of the doping controls required by the competent international sports
organisations whether during or outside competitions; and
- encourage and facilitate the negotiation by sports organisations of agreements
permitting their members to be tested by duly authorised doping control teams in other
- Parties reserve the right to adopt anti-doping regulations and to organise doping
controls on their own initiative and on their own responsibility, provided that they are
compatible with the relevant principles of this Convention.
Article 5 Laboratories
- Each Party undertakes:
- either to establish or facilitate the establishment on its territory of one or more
doping control laboratories suitable for consideration for accreditation under the
criteria adopted by the relevant international sports organisations and approved by the
monitoring group under the terms of Article 11.1.b; or
- to assist its sports organisations to gain access to such a laboratory on the territory
of another Party.
- These laboratories shall be encouraged to:
- take appropriate action to employ and retain, train and retrain qualified staff;
- undertake appropriate programmes of research and development into doping agents and
methods used, or thought to be used, for the purposes of doping in sport and into
analytical biochemistry and pharmacology with a view to obtaining a better understanding
of the effects of various substances upon the human body and their consequences for
- publish and circulate promptly new data from their research.
Article 6 Education
- The Parties undertake to devise and implement, where appropriate in co-operation with
the sports organisations concerned and the mass media, educational programmes and
information campaigns emphasising the dangers to health inherent in doping and its harm to
the ethical values of sport. Such programmes and campaigns shall be directed at both young
people in schools and sports clubs and their parents and at adult sportsmen and
sportswomen, sports officials, coaches and trainers. For those involved in medicine, such
educational programmes will emphasise respect for medical ethics.
- The Parties undertake to encourage and promote research, in co-operation with the
regional, national and international sports organisations concerned, into ways and means
of devising scientifically-based physiological and psychological training programmes that
respect the integrity of the human person.
Article 7 Co-operation with sports organisations on measures
to be taken by them
- The Parties undertake to encourage their sports organisations and through them the
international sports organisations to formulate and apply all appropriate measures,
falling within their competence, against doping in sport.
- To this end, they shall encourage their sports organisations to clarify and harmonise
their respective rights, obligations and duties, in particular by harmonising their:
- anti-doping regulations on the basis of the regulations agreed by the relevant
international sports organisations;
- lists of banned pharmacological classes of doping agents and banned doping methods on
the basis of the lists agreed by the relevant international sports organisations;
- doping control procedures;
- disciplinary procedures, applying agreed international principles of natural justice and
ensuring respect for the fundamental rights of suspected sportsmen and sportswomen; these
principles will include:
- the reporting and disciplinary bodies to be distinct from one another;
- the right of such persons to a fair hearing and to be assisted or represented;
- clear and enforceable provisions for appealing against any judgment made;
- procedures for the imposition of effective penalties for officials, doctors, veterinary
doctors, coaches, physiotherapists and other officials or accessories associated with
infringements of the anti-doping regulations by sportsmen and sportswomen;
- procedures for the mutual recognition of suspensions and other penalties imposed by
other sports organisations in the same or other countries.
- Moreover, the Parties shall encourage their sports organisations:
- to introduce, on an effective scale, doping controls not only at, but also without
advance warning at any appropriate time outside, competitions, such controls to be
conducted in a way which is equitable for all sportsmen and sportswomen and which include
testing and retesting of persons selected, where appropriate, on a random basis;
- to negotiate agreements with sports organisations of other countries permitting a
sportsman or sportswoman training in another country to be tested by a duly authorised
doping control team of that country;
- to clarify and harmonise regulations on eligibility to take part in sports events which
will include anti-doping criteria;
- to promote active participation by sportsmen and sportswomen themselves in the
anti-doping work of international sports organisations;
- to make full and efficient use of the facilities available for doping analysis at the
laboratories provided for by Article 5, both during and outside sports competitions;
- to study scientific training methods and to devise guidelines to protect sportsmen and
sportswomen of all ages appropriate for each sport.
Article 8 International co-operation
- The Parties shall co-operate closely on the matters covered by this Convention and shall
encourage similar co-operation amongst their sports organisations.
- The Parties undertake:
- to encourage their sports organisations to operate in a manner that promotes application
of the provisions of this Convention within all the appropriate international sports
organisations to which they are affiliated, including the refusal to ratify claims for
world or regional records unless accompanied by an authenticated negative doping control
- to promote co-operation between the staffs of their doping control laboratories
established or operating in pursuance of Article 5; and
- to initiate bilateral and multilateral co-operation between their appropriate agencies,
authorities and organisations in order to achieve, at the international level as well, the
purposes set out in Article 4.1.
- The Parties with laboratories established or operating in pursuance of Article 5
undertake to assist other Parties to enable them to acquire the experience, skills and
techniques necessary to establish their own laboratories.
Article 9 Provision of information
Each Party shall forward to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in one of
the official languages of the Council of Europe, all relevant information concerning
legislative and other measures taken by it for the purpose of complying with the terms of
Article 10 Monitoring group
- For the purposes of this Convention, a monitoring group is hereby set up.
- Any Party may be represented on the monitoring group by one or more delegates. Each
Party shall have one vote.
- Any State mentioned in Article 14.1 which is not a Party to this Convention may be
represented on the monitoring group by an observer.
- The monitoring group may, by unanimous decision, invite any non-member State of the
Council of Europe which is not a Party to the Convention and any sports or other
professional organisation concerned to be represented by an observer at one or more of its
- The monitoring group shall be convened by the Secretary General. Its first meeting shall
be held as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case within one year after the date
of the entry into force of the Convention. It shall subsequently meet whenever necessary,
on the initiative of the Secretary General or a Party.
- A majority of the Parties shall constitute a quorum for holding a meeting of the
- The monitoring group shall meet in private.
- Subject to the provisions of this Convention, the monitoring group shall draw up and
adopt by consensus its own Rules of Procedure.
- The monitoring group shall monitor the application of this Convention. It may in
- keep under review the provisions of this Convention and examine any modifications
- approve the list, and any revision thereto, of pharmacological classes of doping agents
and doping methods banned by the relevant international sports organisations, referred to
in Articles 2.1 and 2.2, and the criteria for accreditation of laboratories, and any
revision thereto, adopted by the said organisations, referred to in Article 5.1.a, and fix
the date for the relevant decisions to enter into force;
- hold consultations with relevant sports organisations;
- make recommendations to the Parties concerning measures to be taken for the purposes of
- recommend the appropriate measures to keep relevant international organisations and the
public informed about the activities undertaken within the framework of this Convention;
- make recommendations to the Committee of Ministers concerning non-member States of the
Council of Europe to be invited to accede to this Convention;
- make any proposal for improving the effectiveness of this Convention.
- In order to discharge its functions, the monitoring group may, on its own initiative,
arrange for meetings of groups of experts.
After each meeting, the monitoring group shall forward to the Committee of Ministers of
the Council of Europe a report on its work and on the functioning of the Convention.
Article 13 Amendments to the Articles of the Convention
- Amendments to the articles of this Convention may be proposed by a Party, the Committee
of Ministers of the Council of Europe or the monitoring group.
- Any proposal for amendment shall be communicated by the Secretary General of the Council
of Europe to the States mentioned in Article 14 and to every State which has acceded to or
has been invited to accede to this Convention in accordance with the provisions of Article
- Any amendment proposed by a Party or the Committee of Ministers shall be communicated to
the monitoring group at least two months before the meeting at which it is to be
considered. The monitoring group shall submit to the Committee of Ministers its opinion on
the proposed amendment, where appropriate after consultation with the relevant sports
- The Committee of Ministers shall consider the proposed amendment and any opinion
submitted by the monitoring group and may adopt the amendment.
- The text of any amendment adopted by the Committee of Ministers in accordance with
paragraph 4 of this article shall be forwarded to the Parties for acceptance.
- Any amendment adopted in accordance with paragraph 4 of this article shall come into
force on the first day of the month following the expiration of a period of one month
after all Parties have informed the Secretary General of their acceptance thereof.
- This Convention shall be open for signature by member States of the Council of Europe,
other States party to the European Cultural Convention and non-member States which have
participated in the elaboration of this Convention, which may express their consent to be
- signature without reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval, or
- signature subject to ratification, acceptance or approval, followed by ratification,
acceptance or approval.
- Instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval shall be desposited with the
Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
- The Convention shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the
expiration of a period of one month after the date on which five States, including at
least four member States of the Council of Europe, have expressed their consent to be
bound by the Convention in accordance with the provisions of Article 14.
- In respect of any signatory State which subsequently expresses its consent to be bound
by it, the Convention shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the
expiration of a period of one month after the date of signature or of the deposit of the
instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval.
- After the entry into force of this Convention, the Committee of Ministers of the Council
of Europe, after consulting the Parties, may invite to accede to the Convention any
non-member State by a decision taken by the majority provided for in Article 20.d of the
Statute of the Council of Europe and by the unanimous vote of the representatives of the
Contracting States entitled to sit on the Committee.
- In respect of any acceding State, the Convention shall enter into force on the first day
of the month following the expiration of a period of one month after the date of the
deposit of the instrument of accession with the Secretary General of the Council of
- Any State may, at the time of signature or when depositing its instrument of
ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, specify the territory or territories to
which this Convention shall apply.
- Any State may, at any later date, by a declaration addressed to the Secretary General,
extend the application of this Convention to any other territory specified in the
declaration. In respect of such territory the Convention shall enter into force on the
first day of the month following the expiration of a period of one month after the date of
receipt of such declaration by the Secretary General.
- Any declaration made under the two preceding paragraphs may, in respect of any territory
mentioned in such declaration, be withdrawn by a notification addressed to the Secretary
General. Such withdrawal shall become effective on the first day of the month following
the expiration of a period of six months after the date of receipt of the notification by
the Secretary General.
- Any Party may, at any time, denounce this Convention by means of a notification
addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
- Such denunciation shall become effective on the first day of the month following the
expiration of a period of six months after the date of receipt of the notification by the
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the Parties, the other
member States of the Council of Europe, the other States party to the European Cultural
Convention, the non-member States which have participated in the elaboration of this
Convention and any State which has acceded or has been invited to accede to it of:
- any signature in accordance with Article 14;
- the deposit of any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession in
accordance with Article 14 or 16;
- any date of entry into force of this Convention in accordance with Articles 15 and 16;
- any information forwarded under the provisions of Article 9;
- any report prepared in pursuance of the provisions of Article 12;
- any proposal for amendment or any amendment adopted in accordance with Article 13 and
the date on which the amendment comes into force;
- any declaration made under the provisions of Article 17;
- any notification made under the provisions of Article 18 and the date on which the
denunciation takes effect;
- any other act, notification or communication relating to this Convention.
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this
Done at Strasbourg, the 16th day of November 1989, in English and French, both texts being
equally authentic, in a single copy which shall be deposited in the archives of the
Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall transmit certified
copies to each member State of the Council of Europe, to the other States party to the
European Cultural Convention, to the non-member States which have participated in the
elaboration of this Convention and to any State invited to accede to it.