Board of Management
The Doping Authority has a board with three members: a chair, a secretary and a treasurer. The secretary is nominated by the NOC*NSF, and the treasurer is nominated by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. For an overview of the board members at the end of the year under review the reader is referred to Annex 2. The board delegates the responsibility for day-to-day matters, and for policy preparation and implementation, to the CEO. In other words, the board provides 'overall' direction.
Under its articles of association, the Doping Authority has an Advisory Board. At year-end 2014, the Advisory Board comprised seven members (meaning that the board is up to strength), who all represent specific interest groups or a specific area of expertise. The Athletes Committee has also decided to appoint a regular deputy who can, when required, take over from the regular Advisory Board member on behalf of the Athletes Committee. The task of the Advisory Board is to advise the board, either on request or at its own initiative. It meets a few times a year. A list of the members of the Advisory Board can be found in annex 2.
The Doping Authority has two departments (Control and Prevention), three administrative officers and a secretarial department with two members of staff. Three people (the Intelligence Officer and two documentalists) have joined the team temporarily for the implementation of projects with separate financing. During the course of 2014, the office structure was altered in a number of respects by setting up a new Support department housing all support activities. This new structure came into effect in 2015, at which time the Management Team was cut back from seven to five people.
At year-end 2014, the office organisation comprised 18 people and 15.3 FTEs. For an overview, the reader is referred to annex 3.
Doping Control Officials (DCOs)
In addition to the permanent staff, there were 17 part-time Doping Control Officials at year-end 2014 (11 men and 6 women, see annex 4), who were appointed under 'minimum hours' contracts.
Anti-doping policy places considerable importance on delivering quality. Many doping organisations therefore work with quality systems. This is particularly relevant for the implementation of doping controls: the National Doping Regulations require ISO certification as a precondition for conducting controls. However, other tasks such as the granting of therapeutic use exemptions and prevention activities should, in our view, also meet ISO standards. The Doping Authority and its predecessors in law received ISO certification back in 1998. In September 2013, our organisation acquired a new ISO 9001:2008 Certificate, which is valid for three years. In 2014, DEKRA conducted an audit which identified no anomalies whatsoever.
A Complaints Procedure was adopted and published on the website in May 2011. Once again in 2014, this procedure was not used at all.
Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUE committee)
One of the provisions in the doping regulations relates to the procedure for the use of prohibited medication. The Doping Authority has established, for the Dutch sports associations, a committee known as the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUE committee), which consists of independent doctors. See Annex 2 for the members of the committee.