Commonly asked questions

Which class do I allocate if an athlete is borderline between two classes?

The athlete to be allocated the sport class with the least activity limitation, and the panel should consider allocating a Review status.


An athlete attends classification without appropriate attire, equipment or medical documentation, what should we do?

Should an athlete present to classification in a state or without the required equipment deemed necessary by the classification panel or rules of the sport to proceed with classification, the classification should not be completed. This should be noted on the classification form.


Our panel has found an athlete Not Eligible (NE) to compete

Under the IPC Classification Code, and APC Classification Policy, athletes who are found Not Eligible (NE), in all sports are entitled to a review by a second panel at the earliest available opportunity. Athletes found Not Eligible are allocated a Review status by the first panel.

Should the second panel also find the athlete to be NE they are to allocate a Confirmed status. In order for further evaluations to occur, the athlete is required to submit evidence of a change in medical condition before being able to present again.

If no second panel is available, the athletes should be informed by the competition organisers ahead of time.


An athlete refuses to sign the classification sheet, what do we do?

Sometimes an athlete may refuse to sign the classification sheet as they do not agree with the outcome of the assessment. Refusal to sign does not impact on the decision made by classifiers. Any such athletes need to be directed to the protest and appeal procedures that apply in that sport if they wish to challenge classification decisions.


I am a technical classifier, can I do any of the medical testing?

Assessment of range of movement, strength or coordination or vision testing MUST be performed by a classifier that is professionally qualified to do so (eg physiotherapist, medical doctor, orthoptic professional). In the unlikely event of malpractice, only the above registered individuals are covered by APC Professional Indemnity insurance.

For the assessment of athletes with vision impairment, classifiers must be either ophthalmologist, optometrist or orthoptists.


I am a classifier but also the manager, coach or physiotherapist for an athlete being classified?

Having a significant relationship with any athlete, or an athlete’s representative, might be an actual or perceived conflict of interest, and must be declared to the other members of the classification panel.


Our panel has observed an athlete in competition who does not appear to fit the class they have been allocated. What should we do?

Any such issues must be reported to the National Federation or APC, with the inclusion of the evidence that exists to support why an athlete’s class may be incorrect. The APC or National Federation will work with the classification panel to determine whether a case for protest under exceptional circumstances exists. Over- or under-performance is not, on its own, a reason to believe that an athlete is in the wrong class.