All players have the right to the best medical treatment. In certain cases, you may be required to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method in order to treat an illness or condition. In such cases, you need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), which, if granted, gives you the authorisation to take the required medication containing a banned substance or use the required banned method.
Any player taking part in a major competition, who takes or intends to take medication that contains or who uses or intends to use one of these methods, must apply for a TUE. Receiving a TUE avoids the risk of sanctions in case of a positive test.
For all FIBA competitions, the TUE request must be addressed to FIBA, while for national-level competitions, it must be made to the country’s National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO). Click here to access a list of all NADOS.
- Download the TUE application form (click here for the FIBA form).
- Have your doctor/physician fill-in the TUE application form.
- Send it back to FIBA (as relevant) at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the competition/championship.
- Once a TUE is requested, the FIBA TUE Committee, a panel of experts, reviews your request. A TUE will be granted if the following criteria are met:
- The prohibited substance is needed to treat a diagnosed medical condition.
- The substance does not enhance your performance beyond what brings you back to normal health
- There are no alternative (non-prohibited) treatments available.
- FIBA has 30 days to advise if you can take the requested medication or not. In the case of a denied request, you will be informed of the reasons. You have the right to appeal the decision.
For more information about the TUE process click here.