Thanks to the use of common languages and cultural understanding, the Nordic countries were able to engage in a close anti-doping cooperation in 1982.
The first meeting resulted in an agreement which gave the signatories the right to test athletes from any of the party countries both in- and out-of-competition.
Co-operation has enabled the countries to harmonise testing practices, develop educational activities, collaborate on research projects and seminars, and create common policies for international activities.
The Nordic co-operation has been particularly significant in creating quality management systems for testing.
The Nordic countries meet at least once a year to discuss relevant anti-doping topics and issues.