Therapeutic Use Exemption

Therapeutic use exemption 

Athletes may at times need to use a prohibited medication to treat a legitimate medical condition.

A TUE is an exemption that allows an athlete to use, for therapeutic purposes only, an otherwise prohibited substance or method (of administering a substance).

TUEs are administered by the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee (ASDMAC).

TUE approval may protect athletes from receiving a sanction if a prohibited substance is found in their sample.

If an athlete’s doctor has a question regarding the status of a substance, they should check the substance on the ASADA website, or call 13 000 27232, while the athlete is in their office.

An exemption is only granted provided that there is no unfair advantage given to the athlete by taking the substance or using the method.

ASADA has a wealth of information on therapeutic use exemptions which can be found here

This will assist you to:

  • decide if you need a TUE?
  • decide if you need a TUE in-advance or retroactively?
  • with an explanation on what a retroactive TUE is
  • with identifying the medical evidence needed for common TUE applications

TUE forms should be sent directly to ASDMAC for consideration.
Ph: +61 (02) 6222 4283

FINA Therapeutic Use Exemption

This form is for all swimmers in the FINA Registered Testing Pool; and/or those swimmers who compete internationally at FINA sanctioned events


Only TUE forms from athletes on the FINA RTP list should be submitted to Swimming Australia.

Where should you return completed TUE?

Swimming Australia Limited
Attention: Lynn Fowlie
PO Box 176, Belconnen, ACT 2616
Ph: +61 2 6214 3575


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