What is a Registered Testing Pool?

As defined in the World Anti-Doping Code and the Regulations on Anti-Doping Activities, a Registered Testing Pool is “the pool of top level athletes established separately by each international federation and national anti-doping organization who are subject to both in-competition and out-of-competition testing as part of that international federation's or national anti-doping organization's test distribution plan.”

But what is so special about an athlete’s being part of a Registered Testing Pool? The answer is: the obligation to submit whereabouts information. By providing whereabouts information, athletes are protecting the integrity of their sport and their right to clean and fair competition. Whereabouts information is used for no advance notice out-of-competition doping controls – one of the most powerful means of deterrence and detection of doping and strengthening athlete and public confidence in doping-free sport.

Whereabouts information is provided in accordance with the rules of the relevant anti-doping organization that has included the athlete in its Registered Testing Pool. Most anti-doping organizations prefer the World Anti-Doping Agency’s web-based Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) as the means for entering whereabouts information. ADAMS allows athletes to enter their whereabouts information directly and accurately in an easy, secure and convenient manner.

Types of Registered Testing Pools

Anti-Doping Centre Registered Testing Pool

Ordinance on anti-doping activity
Instruction on the criteria for inclusion of athletes in the anti-doping center athletes registry