Advisory Board

Doping Authority Netherlands has an Advisory Board that consisted of five persons in 2022 (see Annex 2 for the members of the Board). The Board met on five occasions. In addition to discussing and commenting on the work of Doping Authority Netherlands on the basis of progress reports and other documents, the Board is required to make recommendations to the CEO of Doping Authority Netherlands.

Personnel: office

Doping Authority Netherlands has five departments (Education, Enforcement, Intelligence & Investigations, Legal Affairs and Operations). Together with the CEO, the five heads of department constitute the Management Team. As at year-end 2022, the office organisation consisted of 28 people and 26.3 FTEs. For an overview, the reader is referred to Annex 3.

Doping Control Officials (DCOs)

In addition to the office staff, twenty part-time doping control officials (ten men and ten women, see Annex 3) were active on the basis of ‘minimum-hour contracts’. Those contracts now account for 6.6 FTEs.


The absenteeism percentage was higher in 2022 than in 2021: staff were absent on 6.8% of working days (2021: 2.1%). Most of this consisted of short-term absences; two employees suffered from long-term illnesses.


Doping Authority Netherlands has three in-house emergency response workers to maximise the probability of enough support being available when it is needed. There were no noteworthy incidents in 2022.

Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUE committee)

One of the provisions in the doping regulations relates to the procedure for the use of prohibited medication. Doping Authority Netherlands has, for the Dutch sports associations, a committee known as the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUE committee), which consists of independent doctors.

Compliance with Doping Sanctions Committee (CND) and National Doping Regulations Appeals Committee (BND)

The World Anti-Doping Code requires Doping Authority Netherlands to monitor the implementation of sanctions imposed for doping. If there is any failure to comply with a sanction correctly, the same sanction begins again after the end of the original sanction. The Compliance with Doping Sanctions Committee is responsible for determining whether there has been correct compliance with a sanction and whether there are any reasons to reduce a subsequent sanction. A National Doping Regulations Appeals Committee was added in 2017. Appeals against decisions by the CND may be submitted to the BND. No cases were submitted to the CND or the BND in 2022.

Consultations with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

As an independent administrative body, Doping Authority Netherlands participates in various specialist consultations. For a relatively small organisation such as Doping Authority Netherlands, it is impossible to attend all meetings but the contacts that are established are useful in all organisational matters. Consultations relate to business operations, human resources, absenteeism prevention, sustainability, information security, general security, privacy and integrity.

Quality assurance

Doping Authority Netherlands is a government organisation covered by the National Code of Conduct for Integrity. The prevention of fraudulent activity is a constant focus of attention and a standing component of the annual performance interviews. An infringement of the Code of Conduct was observed in 2022. The complaint related to inappropriate comments and it resulted in a warning for the employee concerned.

Doping Authority Netherlands also has, in addition to the regular procedures, a Complaints Procedure that those concerned can initiate under the General Administrative Law Act (Awb). This procedure can be found on the corporate website. It was used once in 2022.

Informal complaints, mistakes, areas for improvement and data leaks are a standard item on the agenda during the fortnightly meetings of the Office Board, and the discussion is noted in the minutes of these meetings.