Testing Pools

What are testing pools, and what purpose do they serve?

Depending on their sport and performance level, athletes and teams are assigned by Antidoping Switzerland or their international federation to what are known as testing pools. Their main purpose is to help test planning. Assignment to a testing pool entails important obligations in the following areas:

Whereabouts Reporting

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)

Who is included in a testing pool?

Individual athletes and teams are assigned to one of a number of testing pools. The classifications used by Antidoping Switzerland are determined by Art. 4.3 of the Regulatory Statutes for Testing and Investigations (available in German and French).

Athletes, or a person nominated as responsible for a team, are notified by Antidoping Switzerland in writing about their inclusion in a testing pool. The same applies if they cease to belong to a testing pool. Members of a team can check under Team Sports Testing Pools whether or not they are covered by a testing pool.

What testing pools are there?

In Switzerland, a distinction is made between a variety of testing pools. For individual sports, there are the Registered Testing Pool (RTP), the National Testing Pool (NTP), and the General Testing Pool (ATP). For team sports, a distinction is made between the Team Sports I, Team Sports II, and Team Sports III testing pools.

Individual Sports Testing Pools

Registered Testing Pool RTP

Athletes are assigned to the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) by Antidoping Switzerland in conjunction with the relevant national sporting federation. In addition to detailed whereabouts information, athletes in the RTP must specify a daily time slot of 60 minutes in which they are required to be at the place indicated.

National Testing Pool NTP

Athletes are assigned to the National Testing Pool (NTP) by Antidoping Switzerland in conjunction with the relevant national sporting federation. Athletes in the NTP are required to provide Antidoping Switzerland with detailed whereabouts information.

General Testing Pool ATP

DAthletes are assigned to the General Testing Pool (ATP) by Antidoping Switzerland in conjunction with the relevant national sporting federation. Athletes in the ATP are required to provide Antidoping Switzerland with detailed whereabouts information on the basis of individual agreements.

No Testing Pool

All other licensed athletes, and participants in competitions organized by Swiss Olympic or one of its member federations, who have not been allocated to a testing pool may be tested but are not subject to any particular requirements concerning whereabouts filings.

Retirement

Athletes belonging to a testing pool of an international federation or Antidoping Switzerland must declare their retirement in writing in order to be exempt from the duty to report whereabouts.

Comeback

The following provisions apply to athletes who have retired and who were previously assigned to a testing pool: In the event of a comeback at their current performance level, they are not permitted to compete until they have belonged for at least six months to a testing pool determined by Antidoping Switzerland. Other provisions issued by International Federations take precedence over those of the Doping Statute and the Regulatory Statutes. It is the athletes' responsibility to contact their international federation in this regard.

Team Sports Testing Pools

The administrators of teams that have been assigned to a testing pool are responsible for providing full information to the members of their team. Players become subject to the provisions on testing pools as soon as they play for the team in question. This means that, before they play for the team for the first time, it must be determined whether or not they are using prohibited substances or methods for medical reasons, and must therefore comply with the provisions governing therapeutic use exemptions (TUE).

Team Sports I

The Team Sports I testing pool is made up of the following Swiss national teams selected by Antidoping Switzerland. Team administrators are obliged to submit the whereabouts information defined for this pool.

Ice-hockey

  • Men’s National Team A
  • Women’s National Team A

Football

  • Men’s National Team A
  • Women’s National Team A

Handball

  • Men’s National Team A
  • Women’s National Team A

Floorball

  • Men’s National Team A
  • Women’s National Team A

Volleyball

  • Men’s National Team A
  • Women’s National Team A

Team Sports II

The Team Sports II testing pool is made up of the following teams selected by Antidoping Switzerland. Team administrators are obliged to submit the whereabouts information defined for this pool.

Ice Hockey

  • National League

Football

  • Super League

Team Sports III

The Team Sports III testing pool is made up of following teams selected by Antidoping Switzerland. Team administrators are obliged to submit the whereabouts information defined for this pool.

Volleyball

  • NLA Men
  • NLA Women

Handball

  • NLA Men

Floorball

  • NLA Men
  • NLA Women

American Football

  • NLA Men
  • Men’s National Team A

  • NLA Men (15)
  • Men’s National Team A (15)

Curling

  • Men’s National Team A
  • Women’s National Team A

No Testing Pool

No particular reporting requirements apply to any other team sports athletes who actually play for a team but who are not assigned to any of the testing pools. They may be tested at any time, however.

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