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Staff integrity and capability

Principle 1: Sporting organisations should ensure that all SSSM staff members are appropriately qualified, supervised and subject to the organisation’s SSSM policies, anti-doping policy and code of conduct.

Commentary and guidance

Employment of SSSM staff should be by an open and competitive process with high selection standards. There should be adequate checks to exclude individuals with current or past anti-doping rule violations or a history of inappropriate conduct in relation to supplements and/or medications.

All SSSM staff should be bound to comply with the organisation’s SSSM policies, anti-doping policy and code of conduct.

Any independent contractors engaged to provide SSSM services should be obliged under a service agreement to comply with the organisation’s SSSM policies, anti-doping policy and code of conduct.

SSSM staff should:

  • attain minimum standards for professional qualifications and, if applicable, professional accreditation, that will be discipline specific
  • undergo constant peer-review including annual peer-review of new and existing practices and procedures
  • work to written and approved protocols in relation to ethical research
  • adhere to industry quality assurance standards and actively engage in continual professional development, thereby reducing:
    • isolation of practitioners working in the field
    • potential conflicts of interest for practitioners embedded entirely within a sport

There is currently no accreditation body for sports scientists, although some disciplines of SSSM do have accreditation (e.g. sports medicine). The National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU) will lead any work to establish accreditation or other regulation systems for sports scientists agreed by Government following the current Senate Inquiry on sports science.

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