International Convention against Doping in Sport
The Convention was adopted during the 19th General Conference of UNESCO in 2005 and entered into force on 1 February 2007. The Convention is now the second most ratified of all UNESCO treaties.
The Convention helps to formalize global anti-doping rules, policies and guidelines in order to provide an honest and equitable playing environment for all athletes, and also helps to ensure the effectiveness of the World Anti-Doping Code. There is a degree of flexibility as to how governments can give effect to the Convention, either by way of legislation, regulation, policies or administrative practices; however signatory governments are required to take specific actions such as restricting the availability of prohibited substances or methods to athletes, including measures against trafficking.The Convention represents the first time that governments around the world have agreed to apply the force of international law to anti-doping.