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Further videos are available at the GAA Anti-Doping E-Learning Course Video Playlist


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 instructions at the below link:

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


Anti-Doping e-Booklet


Info Sheet for Senior Inter-County Players


GAA Information Sheet on Sports Supplements 


Educational Resources

e-Learning - GAA Anti-Doping Education

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. 

As part of its commitment to educating players, medics and team support personnel, the Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee has developed GAA specific e-Learning programmes which aims to educate participants in key areas such as anti-doping rules and violations, supplement usage, medications, therapeutic use exemptions and testing procedures.


• As a first time user, you will have to ensure that pop-ups are unblocked in your browser or the course will not open (Unblock pop-ups)

• The course is not currently compatible with smartphones or tablet devices such as iPads.

Anti-Doping Education Seminars

In addition, a network of Sport Ireland trained, GAA Anti-Doping Tutors are available to present on request to  Inter-County Panels, Development Squads, Clubs, Higher Education and Post Primary teams on request by e-mailing


GAA Anti-Doping e-Learning Course 2015


GAA Anti-Doping Senior Inter-County Player e-Learning Course 2017

#cleangreensport E-Learning Course

This course has been developed by Sport Ireland and covers key topics in anti-doping including the following:

·         Anti-doping rule violations

·         Testing procedures blood & urine

·         How to check medications

·         Therapeutic Use Exemptions

·         The risk of supplements and herbal remedies

·         Consequences of doping

At the very end a certificate of completion will generate, which all athletes and coaches are encouraged to save this for own records.


#cleangreensport E-Learning Course



 Further videos are available at the GAA Anti-Doping E-Learning Course Video Playlist

True Quiz

WADA's Play True Quiz is an interactive computer game that tests athletes' knowledge about anti-doping.   The Quiz is used by WADA in their Outreach Programme at major events including the Olympics, Paralympics and many world championships.  Test your knowledge of anti-doping by taking the Play True Quiz by clicking on the banner to the right.


Play True Quiz


Introduction of Blood Testing
From January 1 2016 Blood Testing will be introduced to Gaelic games as part of the Association's Anti-Doping Programme in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council.

Blood testing is not a replacement for urine testing. The ISC can test both blood and/or urine on certain occasions.

The sanction for refusal is a period of ineligibility of up to four years from sport.

Introduction of Blood Testing Information 


Testing of GAA players can only occur at training or games. Click here to view a video which gives an overview of the doping control procedures.

View a video that outlines what happens during a test here




Other Resources

Irish Anti-Doping Rules


WADA Anti-Doping Code


Check your Medications / TUE Policy


Sample Collection Procedures


Supplements and Sports Foods Policy


WADA Prohibited List 2017


Medication Checker App


Introduction of Blood Testing Information 


For more information regarding anti-doping in the GAA, please e-mail or tel: (0) 1 865 8610.

Download the GAA Anti-Doping Awarness Poster