Ban on injections
Comment: the aim of this paragraph is to prohibit the use of injections to administer drugs or substances without a clear and recognized medical indication (i.e vitamins, enzymes, cofactors, sugars, amino-acids, proteins, anti- oxydants, etc.). In particular, it refers to injections aimed at improving and speeding up recovery or decreasing fatigue
13.3.052 The injection of any substance to any site of a rider’s body is prohibited unless all of the following conditions are met:
1. The injection must be medically justified based on best practice. Justification includes physical examination by a certified medical doctor and an appropriately documented diagnosis, medication and route of administration;
2. There is no alternative treatment without injection available;
3. The injection must respect the manufacturer-approved indication of the
4. The injection must be administered by a certified medical professional except
where normal practice is that the patient with a disease requiring injections
injects him/herself (for example diabetes);
5. The injection must be reported immediately and in writing not later than 24
hours afterwards to the UCI Doctor (via email [email@example.com] or fax [+41 24 468 59 48]), except for riders
a. With a valid TUE;
c. When the injection is received during hospital treatment or clinical examination;
d. When normal practice is that the patient with a disease requiring injections injects him/herself.
The report must be made by the medical doctor having examined the rider and must include the confirmation that a physical examination took place, the diagnosis, medication and route of administration. Where applicable it shall also include the prescription referred to in article 13.1.065.
Comment to par. 5: the report may be sent by the medical doctor or the rider. The rider is responsible for the report to be sent.
13.3.053 The prohibition under article 13.3.052 applies to any substance that is injected, whether endogenous or exogenous, whether prohibited under the UCI Anti-Doping Rules or not.
13.3.054 The prohibition under article 13.3.052 applies to any type of injection: intravenous, intramuscular, intra-articular, peri-articular, peri-tendinous, epidural, intra-dermal, subcutaneous, etc.
13.3.055 In case of a local injection of glucocorticosteroids, which is subject also to the UCI Anti-Doping Rules and the Prohibited List, the rider must rest and is excluded from competition for 8 days.
The medical doctor having prescribed the injection shall prescribe this rest in writing to the rider and add to the documentation referred to in article 13.3.052.1 a copy of such prescription signed by him/herself and the rider.