Like all other Olympic sport federations the IBU adhered in 2003 to the World Anti-Doping Code, set-up under the lead of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which was established in 1999 in order to coordinate the universal fight against doping in sport.
WADA offers its stake-holders the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS), a web-based data management system, which helps the IBU to coordinate its anti-doping measures and to comply with the World Anti-Doping Code.
IBU started to use ADAMS in 2007 and is using the following 3 functions by now:
Athletes belonging to the IBU “Registered Testing Pool” (RTP) are obligated to submit detailed information about their whereabouts to the IBU, WADA and the respective National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO). This information has to be entered into the ADAMS system. As this is a web-based system, it can be used from anywhere in the world. Those athletes without internet access may designate a representative (athlete agent) to enter the information for them.
This function also helps the IBU to share whereabouts information with WADA and NADOs, crucial for maximizing the surprise effect and the efficiency of unannounced out-of-competition testing. Athletes can also modify their whereabouts by sending SMS messages within the time-limits set in the IBU Anti-Doping Rules
Information Clearing House
ADAMS is used by the IBU as the anti-doping clearing house where all data is stored, in particular lab results, Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) authorizations, adverse analytical findings, atypical findings and anti-doping rules violations. It permits the sharing of information among WADA, NADOS and NFs and guarantees that anti-doping activities are performed with the highest level of transparency.
ADAMS is used by IBU for online management of TUE requests and approvals as well as online notification of those involved in the process. Medical practitioners can either enter a TUE request together with the athlete through the athlete account or can apply at the IBU for a personal account to enter the information on behalf of the athlete. The system will then generate a TUE application form which has to be printed and signed by the athlete as well as the medical practitioner, and to be sent to the IBU Headquarters. The IBU TUE Committee will handle the application and will inform about the approval or rejection through ADAMS. After approval the system will generate a TUE receipt which can be printed out by the athlete through ADAMS.
The system can be used in seven languages: English, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, Dutch, Finnish, Italian. The data within ADAMS is only available to those organizations with authorization in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Program and access rights will be explicitly granted. Only those information/areas relevant to the specific users will be viewable.