The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) was formally established in 2008 to execute the national anti-doping programme, in accordance with the standards stipulated by the international governing body, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
JADCO is responsible for ensuring that all athletes comply with the World Antidoping Code, which is the document that harmonises regulations regarding antidoping across all sport and all countries of the world.
The main functions of JADCO include the deterrence of doping through communication and education initiatives, the detection of doping through testing activities and investigations and the enforcement of anti-doping rules, by presenting cases of possible Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.
JADCO is funded by the Government of Jamaica and is governed by a Board of Directors, which is appointed by the Minister of Sport.
The Board of Directors appoint an Executive Director, who oversees four divisions:
Human Resource Management and Administration, Finance and Accounts, Technical Services and Communication and Education.
On July 25th 2008, the Government of Jamaica passed the Anti-Doping in Sport Act. The Act established four independent bodies:
the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), the JADCO Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC), which was appointed by the Commissioners (now the Board of Directors), the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal, which were appointed by the Minister of Sport.
The Anti-Doping in Sport Act was revised in 2014, changing the names of the Disciplinary Panel and Appeals Tribunal to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and the Anti-Doping Appeal Tribunal respectively.