Montreal, 20 February 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Further to our communications of 29 November, 19 December and 4 February, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to remind you that the deadline to register for the 15th edition of its Annual Symposium, which will be held on Wednesday, 13 March, and Thursday, 14 March 2019, at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, is 26 February.

Under the theme “Towards 2021 – Navigating the future together”, this year’s Symposium will focus on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and International Standards review as we head towards November’s World Conference in Katowice, Poland. The event will also address the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights that is being developed by WADA’s Athlete Committee with the aim of including key principles within the 2021 Code.


Should you wish to register for the Symposium, please do so on the Symposium website by 26 February 2019. The website contains all relevant information regarding the event, including the detailed agenda and how to register.


Once registered, approved participants will receive a notification inviting them to download the delegate app. Via smartphone or tablet, the app will allow participants to access:

A personalized agenda with the session timings, locations and descriptions
Speaker biographies
A full list of participants
A floor plan and more event information

Also, delegates using the app will be able to add others to their “favorites” and can contact other participants directly to organize meetings in advance of the Symposium.

WADA encourages participants to make the most of this delegate app in order to maximize communications and networking opportunities in and around the event.


This year’s Symposium will also feature a special one-and-a-half-day session for athletes and athlete representatives.

As outlined in the draft agenda, this session will include speakers, workshops and interactive information sessions dedicated to engaging and educating athletes. Important matters in anti-doping such as athlete representation within the anti-doping movement, the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights, the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS), and much more will be covered and discussed.

WADA wishes to encourage all Anti-Doping Organizations to promote this event to their athletes and athlete representatives.

Please note that once approved, registration for athletes will be free.


Please note that the deadline for booking Symposium-designated hotels at a preferential rate has passed. As the number of hotel rooms in Lausanne is limited, we strongly encourage you to book your accommodation as soon as possible by contacting Lausanne Tourisme.

WADA looks forward to welcoming participants in Lausanne.

Best regards,
World Anti-Doping Agency