Physique Canada’s strict doping control (drug testing procedures) form the foundation of fair play. Everyone involved in Physique Canada is subject to doping control at any time. Currently, Physique Canada employs urinanalysis to screen for all substances listed in the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned substances. We use only WADA-approved labs. There is drug testing administered at all Physique Canada contests.
Competitors may be selected based on one of the following reasons:
• Competitor places well in his/her class [possibly winning]
• Random selection
• Competitor is suspected of doping
Contest preparation should also involve arriving prepared to participate in doping control. Competitors should be prepared to go through doping control at any time (at contests, seminars, even at home in the off-season). In-competition testing will be the bulk of the testing. To be better prepared for the drug testing session, competitors should arrive at the venue with:
- Photo ID
- A list of supplements/medications used (brand and product name).
- Post competition food and beverages (non-alcholic) to take while waiting at the doping control station
Subjects will only be released from the doping control station once they have produced a sufficient quantity of urine (90cc). This may take several hours if competitors are extremely dehydrated. Competitors should plan to be detained after the contest for several hours. Note: On average, doping control takes 60-90 minutes. Be prepared for a longer visit, in case you require extensive rehydration.
Take a few minutes right now to watch a short video (under five minutes) that broadly explains the doping control process.
Remember, we drug test a good percentage at every contest - just assume that it'll be you, so come prepared to be detained after you leave the stage for a couple of hours to clear doping control.
You are responsible
It is the athlete's responsibility to investigate and research any substance that (s)he takes (medications, supplements, food, drink, etc.) to ensure that it does not contain banned substances. Claiming ignorance is not a valid defence. Physique Canada will not answer any question like Is it okay for me to take ...? Use the global Drug Reference On-line (DRO web site) as part of your research. Just because a product or supplement is "legal" for sale, it does not mean that it will pass a drug test.
Consequences of failing doping control are dire: loss of all titles (including previous titles) and a ban from the organization for up to 4 years. To comply to WADA/IOC standards, Physique Canada must announce complete drug-testing results in a timely and transparent fashion. Clean athletes will be issued with a drug-free certificate. Cheaters will be indicated on the web site. If you are cheating, we will catch you, and you will be embarrassed to discover that your cheating will be announced on our web site for your family, friends, and co-workers to see. If you don't think that is fair, don't enter our contests.
The exact sanction that will be applied to you will be determined by the Doping Control Committee. They will consider the following factors in determining your sanction: admission of guilt, the health risk of the substance, the competitive advantage the substance gives, athlete's previous record, and the pervasiveness in commercial products. Athletes can appeal the sanction at their own expense. See the policy document for more details.
We list all doping control results, good or bad!
Frequently Asked Questions
Want the details of our doping control? Read our doping controlpolicy to find out how we go about drug testing. Want just the hightlights? Download the CCES quick reference guide. Read it before you come to a contest - know your rights and responsibilities.