The 2007 Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge were adopted by the WBF in October 2007. The ABF adopted these new laws on June 1, 2008. The ABF assigned the power under Law 80 to regulate events (other than ABF events) to the State Associations for 5 years; in 2013 the ABF renewed this for a further 5 years.
Copies of the new laws and information about them is available at the following locations:
The following statement was issued by the ABF Management Committee on May 10, 2010:
In January 2009 the WBF adopted a new set of Anti-Doping Rules under the revised (2009) World Anti-Doping Code (the “Code”). These rules are available on the WBF website at www.worldbridge.org/anti-doping-regulations.aspx.
As a result of a survey taken in Lille it has become apparent that some players may have been taking medications which actually are included in the WADA prohibited list. Further information from the WBF is provided in the document below.
WBF Anti doping information for NBOs (July 2013)
In line with its obligations under these rules the Australian Bridge Federation draws the attention of its international players to their obligations under these rules. In the future all players playing in ABF and Licensed events will be required to comply with the Regulations.
A full list of WBF Regulations, Rules, Codes and Policies can be found at www.worldbridge.org/governance.aspx
International Representative Players Charter
Any player or official who accepts a position in an international team is deemed to
be aware of the document below and have accepted and agreed to abide by its contents.
ABF / NZBridge
The 2007 Laws of Duplicate Bridge provide for the Regulating Authority (c.f. the ABF/NZ Bridge) to select certain Law options and to regulate their usage within its geographical region. Regulating Authorities are further permitted to provide regional interpretation and guidance as to the application of such options and regulations.
The document below contains a joint ABF / NZBridge interpretation of those Laws:
ABF/NZBridge Laws Interpretation, Regulation and Guidance (June 1, 2011)
Determinations of ABF as Regulating Authority (August 1, 2013)
Tournament Regulations (February 5, 2012) updated March 7, 2014 (Section 26 deleted)
System Regulations (March 1, 2014)
Screen Regulations (April 1, 2010)
Alerting Regulations (March 1, 2014) (minor rewording)
Written Bidding and Bidding Box Regulations (April 1, 2010)
Appeals Regulations (April 1, 2014)