The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) is hosting their ‘All Your Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Questions Answered’ Seminar on the 30th March at the Moses Mahbida Stadium in Durban, the 31st March at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Johannesburg and the 20th April at the ETA College in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

“A Therapeutic Use Exemption refers to a process where an athlete who may suffer from an illness or condition that would require the athlete to take a substance or use a method that is prohibited on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, is authorized to use the said substance or method,” explains the Institute’s General Manager, Fahmy Galant.

An exemption will be granted only in strict accordance with the following criteria:

  • The person shall submit an application for a TUE no less than 30 days before he/she is required to use the prohibited substance or method
  • The person would experience a significant impairment to health if the prohibited substance or method were to be withheld in the course of treating an acute or chronic medical condition.
  • The therapeutic use of the prohibited substance or method would produce no additional enhancement of performance other than that which might be anticipated by a return to a state of normal health following the treatment of a legitimate medical condition. The use of any prohibited substance or method to increase “below‐normal” levels of any endogenous hormone is not considered an acceptable therapeutic intervention.
  • There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative to the use of the otherwise prohibited substance or method.
  • The necessity for the otherwise prohibited substance or method cannot be a consequence, wholly or in part, or prior non‐therapeutic use of any substance from the prohibited list.

The TUE Seminar “All Your Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) questions answered” aims to answer such questions as:

  • What do I need to know as sports physician regarding TUE’s?
  • Who should apply for a TUE?
  • How does one apply?
  • What are the criteria for a TUE application being granted?
  • What are the latest updates regarding TUE’s in South Africa and globally?
  • How long is a TUE valid for?
  • All other relevant questions will also be answered.

Dr. Demitri Constantinou (SAIDS TUE Commission Chairperson) and Fahmy Galant (SAIDS General Manager) will be available to answer all your questions regarding TUE’s.

For more information on TUEs contact and to RSVP please contact Prelene Abrahams on 021 686 1904 or via e-mail: