USADA has developed and instituted an adjudication program that is fair and credible when an athlete is found to be in violation of anti-doping rules and regulations. USADA's adjudication process relies on an American Arbitration Association (AAA)/Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitrated hearing under modified AAA Commercial Rules.
The objectives of the USADA adjudication system are to provide a process which:
  • is fair to athletes
  • has international credibility
  • provides for a full evidentiary hearing before experienced, internationally recognized arbitrators
  • decreases the likelihood that an athlete will be subject to subsequent proceedings initiated by an International Federation; and
  • eliminates the NGBs involvement in sanctioning their own athletes
For a complete listing of protocol and policy documents, visit our Resources section.