The purpose of anti-doping activities is to prevent the use of performance-enhancing substances or methods which are harmful to the athlete. Anti-doping work safeguards the athlete's right to clean competition and fair play. The government supports anti-doping work in Finland.
The Ministry of Education and Culture promotes anti-doping work and supports it financially. The Ministry steers the development of anti-doping activities in sports bodies by increasing and, if needed, decreasing its financial support to them.
Finnish Antidoping Agency FINADA
The Finnish Antidoping Agency (FINADA) promotes anti-doping activities, supervises compliance with international anti-doping treaties in Finland, and carries out testing.
Athletes must abide by the Antidoping Code adopted by the FINADA, the anti-doping rules of their national and international federations and, in Olympic sports, the World Anti-Doping Code.
International action is taken to harmonise the rules and practices of different countries and organisations, to develop testing and intensify information and education.
Finland takes part in international anti-doping cooperation within UNESCO and the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA. UNESCO prepared an International Convention against Doping in Sport and it was ratified also in Finland. The agreement came into force on 1st February, 2007.
Finland has made a commitment to eliminating performance-enhancing substance from sport by signing the Anti-Doping Convention adopted by the Council of Europe and its Additional Protocol. The Convention sets out objectives for eliminating doping in sport.
In Finland, the government supports anti-doping activity financially and develops anti-doping legislation. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is responsible for legislation relating to drugs and the Ministry of Justice for amending the Criminal Code.
Measures for eliminating doping are also taken within the European Union and in Nordic cooperation. The EU member states' sport ministers convene regularly to prepare their position on international sport policy and on WADA's activities. The Nordic countries have harmonised their testing practices, developed education and outlined their common positions for international cooperation. Nordic cooperation has been particularly significant in the development of quality assurance systems for testing.