Understanding the NCAA’s drug testing policies
The NCAA shares the responsibility of promoting a drug-free athletics environment with its member institutions to protect the health of student-athletes and preserve fair competition.
Drug testing in the NCAA began in 1986 when testing at championship events began, and it expanded to a year-round program in Divisions I and II in 1990. Today, 90 percent of Division I, 65 percent of Division II and 21 percent of Division III schools conduct their own drug-testing programs in addition to the NCAA’s.
Approximately $4.5 million is invested each year to collect and analyze approximately 13,500 samples through the NCAA’s national drug-testing program, and more than $1.5 million is provided each year to assist drug-education programs at its member colleges and universities.
NCAA drug-test samples are collected and processed by an independent certified collection agency. The samples are collected and analyzed under a strict, published protocol using laboratories certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which establishes Olympic anti-doping policies.
- Banned Drugs List
- Banned Drugs Poster
- Drug Testing Program Book
- Drug Policies Pamphlet
- Drug Testing Appeals Process
- Medical Exceptions for Banned Substances
- ADHD Reporting Form
- Report All Medicines Poster
- REC Dietary Supplement Lookup
- Year Round Site Coordinator Manual
- Championship Site Coordinator Manual
- Study of Substance Use 2009
- Study of Substance Use 2005
- Survey of Institutional Drug Education and Testing 2011
- Survey of Institutional Drug Education and Testing 2009
- 2013-14 Sports Medicine Handbook
- NCAA Guidelines for Institutional Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Education
- For the Athlete: Alcohol and Athletic Performance Pamphlet
- Caffeine/Energy Drink Poster
- Recent NCAA.org Articles on Drug Testing