Drug Free Sport

Drug Free Sport

The New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation is committed to clean sport and works with Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) to keep ice hockey free from doping.

The New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation strongly recommends that all members familiarise themselves with their rights and responsibilities in relation to anti-doping programmes and act accordingly.

Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ)

DFSNZ is the organisation responsible for keeping sport clean in New Zealand, and free from doping. They work across sports to educate, support and advocate for clean athletes; deter and detect doping; and engage with wider sporting communities.

The DFSNZ website is the central hub for anti-doping information in New Zealand.

For resources/education:

DFSNZ education
DFSNZ resources
DFSNZ e-learning


Even common medications can contain prohibited substances. Athletes are 100% responsible for everything that goes into their body, so it’s important to check every medication in advance on Global DRO. You can also download (or order a hard copy of) Drug Free Sport New Zealand’s wallet guide to see the status of common medications.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)

If an athlete needs to take a prohibited substance on medical advice, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) allows them to do so without breaking the Sports Anti-Doping Rules. Certain high-level athletes need to apply for a TUE before they take any prohibited substances; other athletes may only need to apply for their TUE retroactively.


It’s important for athletes thinking about using a supplement to make an informed decision. DFSNZ’s Supplement Decision Making Guide can help. The Supplement Decision Making Guide helps athletes consider the health implications of supplements, their nutritional needs, and ways to manage – but not eliminate – supplement risk factors.

Athlete Whereabouts Programme

Any athlete can be tested out-of-competition at any time and without advance notice. The Whereabouts programme is used worldwide to make sure athletes can be located for testing. Athletes must update their Whereabouts quarterly to protect the integrity of sport and to stay within the Sports Anti-Doping Rules.


Testing is a way to deter and detect doping in sport. As an athlete, you should expect – and be prepared – to be tested any time, anywhere. It may happen in or out of competition. You may be asked to supply a urine sample, blood sample or both.

Speak Out

Anyone who has concerns about possible doping in sport can report those concerns confidentially to DFSNZ on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437) or via their website.

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