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Being able to test athletes out-of-competition, with no-advance-notice is one of the most powerful means of deterring and detecting doping in sport.  Any athlete can be tested at any time and any place.

The Athlete Whereabouts programme helps enable out-of-competition testing, by requiring athletes who have been included in the Registered Testing Pool to provide accurate, up-to-date whereabouts information.  This is so that they can be more easily located for testing.

IPC  registered  testing pool

In accordance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and in its capacity acting as the International Federation for 10 para sports, the IPC has established a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) that includes high performance athletes who are subject to regular out-of-competition testing. 

RTP athletes are required to provide whereabouts information to the IPC, so that they can be located for out-of-competition testing at any time.  The information required includes:

  • A primary home (overnight) address

  • A daily 60-minute time slot when the athlete will be available for testing at a location they specify

  • Training information (including locations and times)

  • Competition schedules (including dates, locations and accommodation details)

  • Information about any regular activities they undertake (such as work or study) 

Click on the link below for a list of athletes currently included in the IPC's RTP.




Athletes included in the RTP are required to provide the IPC with up-to-date and accurate whereabouts information.  Whereabouts information is filed each quarter using WADA's online Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).   Athletes must file their whereabouts by the quarter deadline (see below) and must update the information as required.

Image - the ADAMS logo

The due dates for each quarterly whereabouts filing are:

Quarter 1 (1 Jan - 31 Mar) 31 December
Quarter 2 (1 Apr - 30 Jun) 31 March
Quarter 3 (1 Jul - 30 Sept) 30 June
Quarter 4 (1 Oct - 31 Dec) 30 September



There can be serious consequences for RTP athletes who fail to meet their whereabouts responsibilities without good reason.  A whereabouts failure is either a Filing Failure or a Missed Test:

  • Filing Failure – if an RTP athlete fails to submit his/her quarterly Whereabouts Filing by the due date, or the whereabouts information is found to be incorrect or out-of-date, this may result in a Filing Failure;

  • Missed Test – if an RTP athlete fails to be available for testing at the location and time specified in the 60-minute time slot, this may result in a Missed Test

Any combination of three (3) whereabouts failures (filing failures or missed tests) committed within a 12-month period by an athlete constitutes an anti-doping rule violation and if proven, could lead to the athlete being banned from all sport for up to 2 years.

The IPC notifies athletes via their NPC if it considers a whereabouts failure has occurred.  The athlete will have the opportunity to provide an explanation before a whereabouts failure is confirmed. 


For more information about athlete whereabouts, athletes can contact their NPC or email

WADA At-A-Glance -  Athletes Whereabouts Leaflet

WADA Athlete Central App for Smartphones

ADAMS Whereabouts YouTube Tutorial



IPC Anti-Doping Code 2018


IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2007

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2008

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2009

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2010

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2011

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2012

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2013

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2014

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2015

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2016

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2017

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2018

IPC Anti-Doping Programme Statistics 2019