REQUIREMENTS OF THE REGISTERED TESTING POOL
Registered Testing Pool (RTP)
The Registered Testing Pool (RTP) is the pool of highest-priority Athletes established separately at the international level by the FIL and at the national level by National Anti-Doping Organisations.
Athletes included in the FIL RTP are subject to both in-competition and out-of-competition testing as part of FIL’s test distribution plan and are therefore required to provide Whereabouts information as provided in Code Art. 5.5 (Athletes Whereabouts Information) and the International Standard for Testing and Investigations.
FIL updates the composition of the RTP on a regular basis. Athletes are included in the RTP based on a set of criteria and are notified by the International Testing Agency upon inclusion.
Inclusion in the RTP is done via the FIL Inclusion Letter – this document contains all the key information, deadlines and Athlete responsibilities as it relates to Athletes’ RTP obligations.
RTP Athletes must regularly provide Whereabouts and contact information in ADAMS, WADA’s online anti-doping administration and management system. This information helps the International Testing Agency and FIL plan out-of-competition testing.
The Whereabouts requirements include but are not limited to:
- An up-to-date mailing address and phone number
- One daily specific 60-minute time slot between 5am and 11pm when the Athlete is available and accessible for testing
- Athlete’s overnight accommodation for each day
- Information about training and regular activities that are part of the Athlete’s regular routine (training at the gym, regular physio sessions, school, work, etc.)
- Competition, training and travel schedule
- Any additional relevant information that helps the Doping Control Officer locate the athlete (e.g., buzzer number or directions to a remote location)
Submitting late, inaccurate or incomplete Whereabouts information that leads to an Athlete being unavailable for testing may result in a Filing Failure.
An Athlete may receive a Missed Test if he/she is not available for testing during the 60-minute timeslot indicated in ADAMS. Three Whereabouts Failures (any combination of a Filing Failure and a Missed Test) occurring within a 12-month period will lead to an Anti-Doping Rule Violation and a potential two-year ban from sport. It is important to note that under the Principle of Strict Liability, the Athlete remains responsible for the information submitted, even if they have delegated this task to a member of their support team.
Below are some helpful Whereabouts tips for athletes:
- Set a calendar reminder of the key dates/deadlines to submit quarterly Whereabouts information
- Set an alarm for the start of the 60-minute time slot
- Be as specific as possible when submitting your Whereabouts information
- When in doubt, ask for help via the ITA Anti-Doping Coordinator, Mr. Samuel Balet (email@example.com).or the ADAMS Help Centre
- Make use of the Athlete Central app to submit your Whereabouts information on a mobile device
Retirement and Return to Competition
All IF Athletes who decide to retire from competition must inform the FIL by completing the RTP Athlete's Retirement Form.
For RTP Athletes, as soon as the retirement is officially confirmed to the FIL, the Athlete will be immediately withdrawn from the RTP. If an Athlete wishes to resume competing, they will not be able to do so until they have given the FIL written notice of their intent to resume competing and made themselves available for testing for a period of six months as per Code Art. 5.6 (Retired Athletes Returning to Competition).