The Federation Equestre International has announced changes to its Prohibited Substances List. The changes include the addition of five new substances as well as changes in status of others.

The Federation Equestre International (FEI) has announced changes to its prohibited substances list, which comes into effect on January 1, 2013.

The FEI has announed changes to its Prohibited Substances ListFive new substances have been added to the list, which informs vets and riders what the FEI will test for at any competitive event, including:

  • Cyclosporin – a systemic immunosuppressant;
  • Tropicamide – which affects the central nervous system and has a potential for abuse;
  • Pitcher Plant preparation (Sarapin) – which is reputed to have analgesic properties, a potential to affect performance, as well as being considered a welfare issue;
  • Delmadinone acetate; and
  • Chlormadinone acetate – both of which are synthetic steroidal progestins, decreasing testosterone concentration and therefore potentially affecting performance.

Other changes to the list include fentanyl and morphine, which are moving from being banned to being on the “controlled medication” section of the list, due to their “increasingly common legitimate use in equine medicine”. Meanwhile, suxibuzone, which converts to phenylbutazone in the body and is currently included with phenylbutazone, will be listed separately under the same section.

Graeme Cooke, FEI veterinary director, said: “The FEI list group seeks to use the most up-to-date scientific research and information as part of its ongoing review of the prohibited substances list.

“The national federations and all the veterinarians involved in our sport are very much a part of the consultation process and all comments received on the initial suggested changes, which were first proposed in April of this year, were discussed by the list group prior to the changes being finalised.”

The changes were signed off at a meeting of the FEI list group during the London 2012 Paralympics.

Visit the FEI’s Clean Sport website for more information.

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