Athletes should satisfy the following criteria to be TUE granted as per the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemption (ISTUE.

  1. The Athlete would experience a significant impairment to health if the Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method were to be withheld in the course of treating an acute or chronic medical condition.
  2. The Therapeutic Use of the Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method would produce no additional enhancement of performance other than that which might be anticipated by a return to a state of normal health following the treatment of a legitimate medical condition. The Use of any Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method to increase “low-normal” levels of any endogenous hormone is not considered an acceptable Therapeutic intervention.
  3. There is no reasonable Therapeutic alternative to the Use of the otherwise Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method.
  4. The necessity for the Use of the otherwise Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method cannot be a consequence, wholly or in part, of the prior Use, without a TUE, of a substance or method which was prohibited at the time of Use.

On the other hand, international level athletes may submit their TUE request for International Federations and/or Major Event Organizers.

As per the ETH-NADO Rule, National Level Athlete are:

  • Any athlete who participates individually or as a team in the international level events and competitions by representing Ethiopia ;
  • Any athlete included in the national teams of each sport;
  • Any athlete who participates in the national competitions and events
  • Organized by the government of Ethiopia, National Federations, Universities;
  • If any such Athletes are classified by their respective International Federations as International-Level Athletes then they shall be considered International-Level Athletes  (and not  National-Level Athletes)for purposes of these Anti-Doping Rules as well.

As any person, an athlete may get ill due to different factors including injuries. So, they have a right to be cured from their health problem even by using Prohibited Substances & Methods 2022list.pdf
As any person, an athlete may get ill due to different factors including injuries. So, they have a right to be cured from their health problem even by using prohibited substances or methods.

Due to this reason, ETH-NADO has installed the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process in order to provide an opportunity for athletes to obtain approval for using a prescribed substances or method for a legitimate medical condition in line with the World Anti-Doping Code and International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemption (ISTUE).

Athletes should abide by the Anti-Doping Rules. Hence, they should advise their medical personnel to determine whether their medication falls under the prohibited list or not.

When the prescribed substance or method is prohibited, the athlete is supposed to apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC) of the ETH-NADO with legitimate justification for approval.

The Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC) shall review the application and grant or reject the subscribed substance or method based on justified reasons. The TUEC has 21 days to review the TUE application if all the required medical evidences are provided. If the application is not completed it shall be returned to the athlete. The athlete has the right to get written notification of the final decision of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC) on the application provided for.

The final decision of Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC) on a particular Therapeutic Use Exemption application is open to be appealed at different level.

Due to this reason, ETH-NADO has installed the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process in order to provide an opportunity for athletes to obtain approval for using a prescribed substances or method for a legitimate medical condition in line with the World Anti-Doping Code and International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemption (ISTUE).

Athletes should abide by the Anti-Doping Rules. Hence, they should advise their medical personnel to determine whether their medication falls under the prohibited list or not.

When the prescribed substance or method is prohibited, the athlete is supposed to apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC) of the ETH-NADO with legitimate justification for approval.

The Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC) shall review the application and grant or reject the subscribed substance or method based on justified reasons. The TUEC has 21 days to review the TUE application if all the required medical evidences are provided. If the application is not completed it shall be returned to the athlete. The athlete has the right to get written notification of the final decision of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC) on the application provided for.

The final decision of Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC) on a particular Therapeutic Use Exemption application is open to be appealed at different level.