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Thereputic Use Exemptions (TUE)
Thereputic Use Exemptions
Posted by Brillmart 2005-04-21

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Therapeutic Use Exemptions:

Substances on the Prohibited list may have legitimate medical use.  Athletes who have to use drugs on the prohibited list can apply, with help of their doctor, for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).  If the exemption is granted, it gives the athlete permission to use otherwise prohibited substances or methods while participating in sport.

Exemptions are of two types:
o The standard TUE
o The abbreviated TUE (ATUE)

The ATUE application, which is a simplified procedure, is for specific substances.  Some of the medications for which an ATUE is required are:
Inhaled Asthma Medication
Preventers such as Flixotide, Beclazone, Pulmicort, Respocort and Symbicort.
Relievers such as Airomir, Asmol, Bricanyl, Foradil, Oxis, Respolin, Salbutamol, Serevent, Symbicort, Ventolin.
Nasal Sprays
For hayfever, such as Beconase, Flixonase, Alanase and Butacort.
Eye and Ear Drops
Such as sofradex.
Injections
Intra-articular (into joint) and local corticosteroid injections such as Kenacort.

The standard TUE application must be used when exemption for the use of any other prohibited substance is required. 

If you are unsure which type of application you have to make, or whether you need to make an application, contact the NZSDA on 0800 378-437 or send an email to nzsda@nzsda.co.nz.

What to do
The following is a brief guide to the steps you should take if you are taking medication:

For ATUE:
1. Find out if the medication is on the Prohibited List.

2. If the medication is one of those for which an ATUE is required, do the following:
-  If you designated as an international level fencer by the FIE, and/or you compete internationally, you must use an FIE ATUE form (this can be downloaded from the FIE website (www.fie.ch)
- IIf you are not an international level fencer, obtained an ATUE from the NZSDA’s website (www.nzsda.co.nz)

3. Complete the form, with the help of your doctor, and return the form to:
- The FIE’s Lausanne office, if your completed an FIE ATUE

FIE
Av. Mon-Repos 24
CH-1005 Lausanne
SWITZERLAND

- To the NZSDA, if you completed one of the Agency’s forms.
NZSDA
PO Box 18-339
Auckland

4. When you receive confirmation of your exemption, make sure you are told how long it is valid.

For TUE:
1. Find out if the medication is on the Prohibited List.

2. If the medication is one of those for which an TUE is required, check with your doctor to see if there an alternative, permitted medication you can use.

3. If there is no alternative, obtain a TUE form:
-  If you designated as an international level fencer by the FIE, and/or you compete internationally, you must use an FIE ATUE form (this can be downloaded from the FIE website (www.fie.ch)
-  If you are not an international level fencer, obtained an ATUE from the NZSDA’s website (www.nzsda.co.nz)

4. Complete the form, with the help of your doctor, and return the form and the relevant supporting medical evidence, to:
-  The FIE’s Lausanne office, if your completed an FIE ATUE
-  To the NZSDA, if you completed one of the Agency’s forms.

5. The relvant organisation will consider your application and will inform you whether your application has been approved or rejected.  If it is approved, make sure you are told how long it is valid.

It is not possible to provide all the information about TUEs here.  Therefore, whichever TUE is required, it would be wise to visit the NZSDA and FIE websites to read in more detail the information provided about the exemptions.

Some things to note
a) If you are required to have an ATUE, failure to supply the exemption before a drug test is an anti-doping violation.
b) The NZSDA requires TUE applications to be submitted at least 21 days in advance of when they are needed.
c) Fencers must obtain a TUE from the FIE (regardless of whether the fencer previously has received a TUE at the national level) prior to their participation in any International Event.
d) Fencers participating in International Events must, except in emergency situations, request a TUE from the FIE no later than 21 days before the Athlete's participation at an International Event.



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