The British Drug Free Powerlifting Association is the trading name of Drug Free Powerlifting Ltd. It was originally formed in 1989 with the express purpose of providing an alternative National platform for Drug Free Competition at a time when the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs was rife and unchecked in the associations of that era. Little has changed, despite proud claims within other organisations. In 2014 we celebrated our 25th year as the BDFPA (formerly called the BPA).
All BDFPA events and activities take place against the background of the Association’s total and unequivocal commitment to a policy of rigorous drug control. Our drug testing programme is funded entirely from members’ subscriptions, and conducted by a network of approved sampling officers around the UK. Tests are conducted at the World renowned Kings College London WADA Laboratory. Our anti-doping policy is guided by the WADA code, although test refusals or anabolic positives normally result in an automatic life ban, the only organisation to impose a total restriction on Drug Cheats, subject to appeal.
In the last 10 years the BDFPA has excelled in its Drugs Testing provision and at the 2018 National Full Power tested over 25% of competitors, something unmatched in any other organisation.
The BDFPA test results are posted for all to view demonstrating our commitment to open reporting and as an organisation we complete far more tests than other federations.
The BDFPA’s commitment to combatting drugs in sport see it as the only body recognised and affiliated to The Army, Navy and Royal Air Force Powerlifting Associations.
The BDFPA is affiliated to the WDFPF (World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation), and is the only UK powerlifting organisation recognised by the international body. This is the cornerstone of BDFPA competition, as our members are extremely particular who they lift against. Our membership of the WDFPF is therefore non-negotiable.
Generous team allocations mean that many lifters can represent their country in World & European competitions, who would otherwise not get the opportunity to do so. The BDFPA has a full calendar of local, National & International events. We offer both RAW & EQUIPPED competition, for all ages where others restrict age, for men and women. Records are held for all categories of competition.
If you believe that drug-free lifters belong in a drug-free organisation, lifting against other like-minded individuals and drug-free bodies around the world then you belong in the BDFPA /WDFPF.
Yours in sport
Ann Thomas MBE, President BDFPA