Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is committed to the advancement of clean sport that rejects cheating through the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods.

PNZ is in partnership with Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) to:

  • Promote a culture of clean sport
  • Deliver anti-doping education
  • Organise and implement testing programmes
  • Report doping and suspicious activity
  • Support athletes to compete drug free

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The Prohibited List

The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) every year and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport. A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria: 

  • It has the potential to enhance sporting performance
  • It presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
  • It violates the spirit of sport

DFSNZ promotes the updated Prohibited List to New Zealand national sports organisations and athletes each year.  

Check updates and the latest edition of the Prohibited List at

The Anti-Doping Rules

All members of PNZ are required to abide by New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules. These rules reflect the WADA’s World Anti-Doping Code. 

In summary, the ten rule violations are: 

  • The presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample
  • The use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method
  • Evading testing or refusing to provide a sample for drug testing
  • Failing to provide accurate and up-to-date whereabouts information or missing a test
  • Tampering or attempting to tamper with any part of the doping control process
  • Possessing prohibited substances or methods
  • Trafficking or attempting to traffic any prohibited substance or method
  • Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete
  • Covering up an anti-doping rule violation
  • Knowingly associating with someone in a sporting capacity who has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation
  • Discouragement of, or retaliation against someone for, reporting doping or suspected doping by an athlete or other person.


Many medications contain substances which are prohibited in sport. Any athlete who is sick or injured needs to carefully consider the medications they take to ensure they avoid prohibited substances.
To check whether a medication is permitted in sport, please visit the Medication Check page on the DFSNZ website or request a copy of DFSNZ’s wallet guide on the status of common medications.
Athletes can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if they need to take medication which is prohibited in sport. If athletes compete at a top level, they may need to apply for a TUE before they take medication which contains a prohibited substance. Visit the TUE page on the DFSNZ website for more information.


Many dietary or sports supplements are marketed as helping to improve performance, recovery, weight loss or muscle A lack of regulation in the supplement industry means that supplements can be contaminated by substances that are prohibited in sport, and which may not be accurately listed on the label. Athletes take supplements at their own risk. Every athlete is 100% responsible for what they put in their body. DFSNZ does not endorse any supplement and encourages athletes to think carefully if they are considering taking a supplement. Get all the facts and find help making your decision with DFSNZ’s Supplement Decision-Making Guide

The Athlete Whereabouts programme

The Athlete Whereabouts Programme is about protecting every athlete’s right to clean sport through out-of-competition testing that can take place without notice at any time. If you’ve been assigned to a testing pool by DFSNZ or your International Federation then you are required to provide and maintain detailed information about where you are, whether you’re on holiday, training or travelling.

Find more information and quarterly deadlines on the DFSNZ website at Whereabouts.


Testing is a powerful way of deterring and detecting doping in sport. Athletes can be tested during an event (in-competition) or at any other time (out-of-competition) and will be asked to provide a urine sample, a blood sample or both. The testing process and sample collection for doping control will be carried out by a trained and accredited DFSNZ official. 

DFSNZ has recently launched a virtual reality doping control experience to give Para athletes a real world insight into the doping control process. DFSNZ’s goal is give Para athletes and their support people some familiarity with the process, to try and make it less stressful, and to arm them with information about their rights and responsibilities. This helps to protect clean Kiwi Para athletes. The virtual reality doping control can be accessed through the Drug Free Sport NZ website.


Empower yourself with knowledge around key topics in anti-doping and find out what it takes to have the mana of a clean Para athlete. Our e-learning courses are for everyone, from HP athletes and their support teams to Para sports newbies. If you’re not sure where to start, try Clean Sport 101, available in English and te reo Māori.