The government has said that it will not criminalise doping after a two-year review concluded the UK 'has an appropriate regulatory framework to tackle doping'.
Doping is now a criminal offence in Australia, France and Italy, but sports minister Tracey Crouch believes similar legislation would not help the fight in the UK.
The report involved interviews with various sports bodies and anti-doping organisations, but none supported the criminalisation of doping, suggesting that investigations into wrongdoing would only be slowed.
Speaking to the BBC, Crouch said: “The UK is one of the leading nations in the world in anti-doping with robust testing, information sharing and investigation processes in place.
“It was right that we looked into the case for criminalising doping, however the strong consensus is that it would not necessarily aid the fight against drug cheats.
“We are not complacent though, which is why there are recommendations in the review that I urge the anti-doping authorities, sports governing bodies and health organisations to consider to further strengthen our approach.”
The review concluded that long bans, and the consequent loss of earnings, were the most effective means of tackling doping.
Another of the report’s recommendations was for a review of the therapeutic use exemption (TUE) system which allow athletes to be prescribed otherwise banned substances.
Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas has previously called for authorities to “do more to take out the grey area” when it comes to TUEs.
Crouch called for a review of thresholds in the personal use of banned substances.
There was also a recommendation that UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) staff be given access to all elite sporting events in the UK without prior notice.