Anti-doping in Croatia from 2007 to present day
Croatian Anti-Doping Agency was founded in July 2007. By Government decision in late 2010 it was incorporated in the Croatian Institute for Toxicology (CIT), changing its name to CITA (Croatian Institute for Toxicology and Anti-Doping).
On January 1, 2019, the Croatian Institute for Toxicology and Anti-Doping (CITA) was incorporated in the Croatian Institute of Public Health (CIPH), which has assumed all the affairs previously conducted by CITA, international obligations and resources, becoming the Croatian national anti-doping organisation. Establishing the Anti-Doping Division within the Croatian Institute of Public Health (CIPH) has opened the possibility for more efficient action in the fight against doping in sports and in the field of public health protection.
The activity of the CIPH Anti-Doping Division includes expert activities and tasks set by international conventions on fight against doping in sports. The Division systematically monitors and coordinates:
- Activities of government and non-governmental organisations in fighting against doping in sports;
- Proposes and implements measures in fighting against doping in sports;
- Implements conventions and the WADA Code as well as rules of international sports federations and the International Olympic Committee;
- Organizes and conducts doping control in and out of competition;
- Conducts activities for prevention of doping and research in the field of medical and social sciences;
- Ensures the functioning of the Committee for Therapeutic Use Exemptions and the Council for Disciplinary and Appeals Procedures in accordance with international rules;
- Carries out international expert cooperation in the field of anti-doping.
The Division's activities are organised through four departments:
- Department for Doping Prevention;
- Department for Testing and Investigations;
- Department for Science and
- Department for Medicine.
Such establishment creates professional and organisational precondition for abiding the rules of the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention, UNESCO Global Anti-Doping Convention and WADA's requests regarding issues of compliance with the Code.
The Division follows the steps of high-quality European anti-doping agencies.
A part of professional tasks and assignments of the Anti-Doping Division are also organising research, counselling, seminars and round tables, with publishing of materials on subjects associated with current events and activities in the field of anti-doping, for the purpose of promoting awareness on the harmful effects of doping in sports and in the general population.
By implementing anti-doping activities, the CIPH Anti-Doping Division promotes fair and clean sports. This includes broadening and promoting education on the harmful effects of doping in cooperation with interest groups for athletes and sports organisations as well as recreational sports and the general population. For protecting clean athletes in accordance with the WADA code and international standards, doping controls are conducted at competitions and out of competition.
The CIPH Anti-Doping Division is dedicated to fight against doping on a national and international level.
The Division carries out its vision through the following fields of action:
- Testing and investigations;
- International activities;
- Providing information;
- Research in the field of fight against doping in sports.
With systematic, coordinated approach and continuous implementation of anti-doping activities, the CIPH Anti-Doping Division plans to contribute to fight against doping on a national and international level.