Equine prohibited substances list for 2016

24th Dec 2015

The 2016 version of the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List will come into force on 1st January 2016.  There are a small number of changes.  For the detail you should look at the revised Equine Prohibited Substances List here


Possibly the most significant change is the addition of HARPAGOSIDE, more commonly known as DEVIL’S CLAW,  as a Controlled Medication.  This is an anti-inflammatory product with pain-relieving properties that comes from the Harpagophytum procumbens root.

CAUTION: Devil’s Claw is frequently used in equine supplements.  It is important that competitors check all supplements that they may use and discard any that contain Devil’s Claw ahead of the introduction of the new Equine Prohibited Substances List on 1st January 2016.

Competitors are advised to be extremely careful when using any supplements; there are no guarantees that any supplements are free of prohibited substances so riders should assess the need and assess the risk before embarking on the use of supplements.

Other  changes to the list  are:

Ammonium Sulphate and Ammonium Sulphide added as Banned Substances.

Codeine re-listed as a Controlled Medication (previously a Banned Substance).

Phenibut added as a Banned Substance.

The BEF’s National Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Rules (BEFAR) adopt the FEI’s Equine Prohibited Substances List in its entirety so the changes that come into effect on 1st January 2016 will also apply at National level.  BEFAR applies to all riders, drivers and vaulters competing in any affiliated competition and competitors are reminded that testing can take place at competition of any level.

The presence of a prohibited substance in a horse’s sample can result in a minimum sanction of a period of ineligibility of 6 months, disqualification from the event at which the sample was taken, a fine and an order to pay costs.

For more information regarding Equine Anti-doping click here