Law enforcement authorities

As an anti-doping competence centre, Antidoping Switzerland provides the law enforcement authorities with tools for identifying doping agents and prohibited methods in accordance with Art. 19 para. 2 Federal Act on the Promotion of Sport and Exercise (SpoPA; SR 415.0) and can be called upon in the event of an investigation.

Doping agents are often difficult to distinguish from normal medication. However, there are tips which can be applied to easily categorise doping agents and check their legality.

The guidelines for the law enforcement authorities explain the legal basis as well as providing support and information for police processing. It answers questions such as:

  • How can doping agents and prohibited methods be identified as such?
  • Is the private consumption of doping agents an offence?
  • Why must doping agents be seized in any circumstance?
  • What should be taken into account during a search or inspection?
  • Where and how can prohibited substances be detected?
  • In what capacity can Antidoping Switzerland be called upon during investigations?


The fact sheet on the ‘Confiscation and Destruction of Doping Agents’ and the report form serve as additional aids for the law enforcement authorities. The latter should, when appropriate, be completed and sent to Antidoping Switzerland (see downloads).

If you have any questions, please contact or 031 550 21 00.