Athletes at the national or international performance level are divided into different testing pools. For individual sports, there are the Registered Testing Pool (RTP), the National Testing Pool (NTP), and the General Testing Pool (ATP). Depending on their level of testing pool, athletes are subject to different whereabouts requirements, as well as different procedures for any TUE applications. Athletes are informed in writing about the testing pool to which they have been assigned.
All testing pool athletes must state and update their provisional whereabouts on a quarterly basis. The scope of these whereabouts requirements is determined by the testing pool to which an athlete belongs. These whereabouts must be entered and updated online via the SIMON whereabouts website. Failure to meet the specified requirements may constitute a breach of the whereabouts reporting requirement, as defined by Art. 2.4 of the Doping Statute.
Upon being included in a testing pool, athletes will be notified in writing by Antidoping Switzerland and will be issued with a user name and password for the whereabouts website.
Athletes are required to submit the following, along with the exact address and periods of stay:
- home address or temporary accommodation address
- workplace or educational/vocational training establishment
- training sessions and training camps
- other regular activities (such as physiotherapy)
- journeys of two hours or more
- a daily 60-minute time slot during which athletes must be present at the specified location (applies to RTP athletes only)
RTP athletes who are required to enter their whereabouts in ADAMS do not need to enter any information via SIMON. Additional information about whereabouts requirements and the SIMON whereabouts website can be found in the "Factsheet Testing Pools" and the “FAQ on the new SIMON whereabouts website” (see downloads).
Quarterly planning information
The following binding deadlines apply to quarterly planning submissions
- for the 1st quarter: 15 December
- for the 2nd quarter: 15 March
- for the 3rd quarter: 15 June
- for the 4th quarter: 15 September
Any changes concerning whereabouts must be kept up to date during the quarter.
Registered Testing Pool (RTP)
Athletes who have been assigned to the registered testing pool of their international sporting federation are automatically assigned to the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) by Antidoping Switzerland. Antidoping Switzerland may also assign additional athletes to this testing pool.
In addition to detailed whereabouts information, RTP athletes must specify a daily time slot of 60 minutes between 5 am and 11 pm. They are required to be available for doping tests during this time. If an athlete is not to be found at the place indicated during the time slot, this will be judged as a missed test, as defined by Art. 2.4 of the Doping Statute.
This 60-minute time slot in no way replaces or interferes with the athlete’s obligation to be available for doping tests at any time and in any place. Doping tests may also be carried out outside of this 60-minute time slot.
Three breaches of the obligation to declare whereabouts (filing failure) and/or missed tests during the 60-minute time slot over a 12-month period can result in an athlete being banned for a minimum of one year.
National Testing Pool (NTP)
Athletes are assigned to the National Testing Pool (NTP) by Antidoping Switzerland in conjunction with the relevant national sporting association. Athletes in the NTP are required to provide Antidoping Switzerland with detailed whereabouts information which must be kept up to date.
Three breaches of the obligation to declare whereabouts (filing failure) over a 12-month period can result in an athlete being banned for a minimum of one year.
General Testing Pool (ATP)
Athletes are assigned to the General Testing Pool (ATP) by Antidoping Switzerland in conjunction with the relevant national sporting association. 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 are not subject to any particular requirements concerning whereabouts filings. Licensed athletes and participants in competitions organised by Swiss Olympic or an associated organisation who have not been allocated to a testing pool should submit any application for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) retrospectively (at the request of Antidoping Switzerland). The exact process for submitting a TUE application can be found here for each sport.
Applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
If athletes are required to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method for health reasons, they can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). The granting of a TUE enables the athlete to use a specific prohibited substance and/or prohibited method.
For national competitions as well as during training/off-season periods, the TUE application must be submitted to Antidoping Switzerland. This will then be reviewed by its independent TUE Commission. However, in cases of international competition, a TUE application must be submitted to the relevant international federation, unless that federation will accept a national authorisation issued by Antidoping Switzerland, on the basis of its regulations or a joint agreement.
The following applies to all pool athletes: a TUE application should be submitted to Antidoping Switzerland as a matter of priority, i.e. prior to the ingestion of the prohibited substance or use of the prohibited method. The exact process for submitting a TUE application can be found here for each sport.