The California Athletic Commission has voted to move to ban the use of testosterone replacement therapy.
A week after the Nevada Athletic Commission passed a motion outlawing TRT, which the UFC followed, the CAC has decided to require World Anti-Doping Agency standards to receive the TRT exemption.
Through executive officer Andy Foster, the commission released a statement:
The California State Athletic Commission fully supports the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to eliminate Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in boxing and mixed martial arts.
California is a strong supporter of anti-doping efforts. As part of California’s anti-doping efforts, the Commission recently began the rulemaking process to require meeting World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards as the only way to obtain a TUE for TRT. This standard is so high that it is an effective ban except under the most extreme circumstances.
Until the rulemaking process is complete and the regulations are fully adopted, the Commission has a total ban on TRT.
California remains committed to protecting the health and safety of athletes and having strict anti-doping standards is one of the ways this is accomplished.
They also decided to not allow any exemptions until the WADA standards are put in place.