The IOC Certificate in Drugs in Sport is awarded by the International Olympic Committee. 

Certificates will be presented to successful students at a ceremony held at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Course Aims

  • To provide students with detailed knowledge of the scientific underpinning of the use and abuse of drugs in sport
  • To promote understanding of current best practice in relevant areas of sports medicine
  • To make students aware of the practical issues involved in testing of athletes under anti-doping regulations
  • To encourage students to follow best practice in the use of dietary supplements


This IOC professional certificate course will train and equip healthcare professionals and those working in the anti-doping field to advise and support athletes to make the best choices regarding effective clinical drug options while ensuring compliance with the rules of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), sports federations, and national anti-doping agencies.

It will also empower healthcare professionals to become educators and supporters to athletes and other athlete support personnel on anti-doping and clean sport matters, including the safe and informed selection of medications and supplements.

The course will introduce healthcare providers and anti-doping professionals to the key concepts relating to drug use and misuse in sport; how the problem is being tackled internationally through new research and surveillance; the role of healthcare providers in preventing doping in sport and how they can make a significant contribution at major sporting events and in the ongoing care of athletes. 

Current evidence-based clinical approaches to the prescription of medications and to supplement use in sports medicine will be addressed, with specific reference to recent relevant IOC consensus statements. The unique considerations relating to anti-doping for para-sports and athletes with impairments will be addressed specifically throughout the course.


  • Doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and physiotherapists, especially those working in a sport setting and those who administer, prescribe or advise on drugs and supplements
  • Graduates of existing IOC physiotherapy or IOC sports medicine diploma programs who require a more in-depth knowledge of anti-doping and drugs in sport
  • Major Games (including Olympic and Paralympic) Organising Committee medical and anti-doping workforce, including volunteer and management staff
  • Healthcare professionals working with athletes and sport teams
  • Anti-doping organisations’ workforce