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From the GAA website…….

Since 2001 the GAA have been drug testing players as part of an agreement with the Irish Sports Council (now Sport Ireland) and their policy to cooperate with the international anti-doping campaign administered by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA). The GAA believes that doping is contrary to the spirit of sport and every member has a duty to ensure that Gaelic games are free of doping.

ALL GAA members are subject to the Anti-Doping Rules as adopted by the Irish Sports Council (Rule 1.15 GAA Official Guide 2016). While any player may be selected for testing, there is a particular focus on testing with regard to Inter-County players. Indeed it is a condition of eligibility for the Government Eligible Expense Scheme and all county team support personnel (e.g. managers, coaches, medical personnel, nutritionists, psychologists, officials) have a responsibility to ensure that they are aware of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and that there is an atmosphere supporting a drug free sport within each County.

The information that follows highlights key areas with regard to anti-doping. The GAA advises all members to read and understand the Anti-Doping Rules and to understand their responsibilities under the rules. The consequences of not adhering to Anti-Doping Rules can be severe for players and their support personnel such as coaches and parents; therefore it is critical that any questions/concerns be clarified with either the GAA or Sport Ireland.

There were several changes to the Irish Anti-Doping rules which came into effect on 1 January 2015. The main changes for players to note are in relation to sanctions and risk of supplements. The use of serious doping substances for example steroids, growth hormone, EPO and various calculated doping methods for example blood transfusions can be sanctioned with four year bans. Refusing to provide or evading sample collection will now be sanctioned with bans up to four years. The issue of contaminated supplements has been acknowledged by the latest version of the Anti-Doping Rules. If a player can establish ‘no significant fault or negligence’ then the sanction can range from a reprimand to a maximum of two years. This concept is explained in more detail in the ‘Risk minimisation’ section.

The prohibited list is updated by WADA annually and is available at

Sport Ireland have issued the following advisroy note in relation to the changes for 2017:


All members of the Association, particularly those involved in the Senior Inter-County scene, are advised to complete the GAA’s Anti-Doping E-Learning Courses so as they are aware of their rights and responsibilities in relation to anti-doping.

The General Anti-Doping E-Learning Course (2015) is available at the following link:

The  Senior Inter-County Player E-Learning Couse (2017) can be accessed by following the instrictions at the below link:

Accessing the 2017 GAA Senior Inter-County Player E-Learning Course