The law applies irrespective of sporting activity, i.e. it also covers non-athletes. There is no “allowance” – in other words it is illegal to import any quantity of a prohibited substance.
Products identified as prohibited will be seized by the customs authorities and the police and sent to Antidoping Switzerland, which destroys them for a fee.
Preliminary Decision and Order
Anyone who is affected by the seizure of a prohibited substance is notified by Antidoping Switzerland in the form of a preliminary decision. They are given the opportunity to state their case. If they are unable to present any legitimate reason for importing the substance, an order will be issued for its destruction.
Under certain circumstances, prohibited substances may be released if a medically justified purpose for their importation can be provided. To this end, an extract from medical records and/or a valid Swiss doctor’s prescription (issued prior to the date of importation) must be submitted along with a written application for the substance's release.
Support and Contact
If you have any questions, you can reach us at ermittlungen(a)antidoping.ch. We will not provide any information over the telephone in connection with preliminary decisions and orders.
Under Art. 22 of the Sport Promotion Act, dealing in prohibited products constitutes a criminal offense. Where such an offense is suspected, the customs authorities, police, or Antidoping Switzerland will submit an official report to the competent public prosecutor’s office.