Tuesday, March 8, 2011

British Equestrian Federation: BEF Announces Changes to the National Equine Anti Doping and Controlled Medication Rules

8th March 2011

The British Equestrian Federation has today announced a new set of National Equine Anti Doping and Controlled Medication rules (BEFAR).

The new rules, which closely mirror the FEI guidelines, will affect all BEF Member Bodies in FEI disciplines and will be incorporated into their rules on publication of their forthcoming rulebooks.

All disciplines will be fully compliant by 1st January 2012. The BEF Member Bodies concerned have welcomed this standardised system, which will create a clear policy for all members across those disciplines, with all adhering to the same prohibited substances list, sanctions and procedures. British Showjumping will be the first Olympic discipline to join the system on 1st April 2011.

The new system will see an increasing number of anti-doping tests across the disciplines and all affiliated members should expect their horse to be tested, whether they are competing at grass roots level or at a National Championship. The Equine Anti Doping and Controlled Medication Rules for international competitors remain unchanged.

The new rules, which have been instigated by the FEI, apply to all National Federations, with the deadline for compulsory compliance for Federations set at 1st January 2012. It is hoped that the creation of standardised national guidelines will make things clearer for riders, particularly those that compete in more than one discipline. Once all of the FEI disciplines introduce the new rules, the prohibited substances, procedures and sanctions will be the same, whatever the discipline someone is competing in.

It is important to note that the new system, in line with the FEI, adopts their prohibited substances list in its entirety, including a ban on Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). Under the new National system, these will be classed as Controlled Medications, which, if found in a horse’s sample during competition, will result in a violation. BEFAR is supported and funded by all BEF Member Bodies and UK Anti Doping (UKAD).

The BEFAR and prohibited substances list can be found on the BEF website under the Information for Competitors section.

To view BEFAR or the prohibited substances list, please go to: http://www.bef.co.uk/Information_for_Competitors/National_Equine_Anti_Doping_&_Controlled_Medication.html 

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