DOT Drug/Alcohol Testing Developments

Correcting Inadvertent Use of Non-Federal Forms for Federal Drug Tests

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 9:25

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) specify circumstances under which Medical Review Officers and laboratories are permitted to correct the inadvertent use of non-Federal drug testing Custody and Control Forms (CCFs) and expired Federal CCFs for Federally-mandated (HHS or DOT) drug tests. In a notice dated June 7, 2011, clarification was provided stating that, as electronic forms are not currently allowed in Federally-regulated workplace drug testing programs, it is not acceptable to “upgrade” a non-Federal test to a Federally-regulated test when the specimen was collected using an electronic form.

Information Required To Be Provided To Collectors

Friday, October 1, 2010 11:14

An Interim Final rule published on September 27, 2010 added Section 40.14 to the DOT Federal Testing regulations (49 CFR Part 40), defining the information employers or their service agents must provide to collectors prior to a urine specimen collection being conducted under DOT authority. This information includes:

  • Full name of the employee being tested;
  • Employee social security number or ID number;
  • Laboratory name and address (can be pre-printed on the CCF);
  • Employer name, address, phone number, fax number (can be preprinted on the CCF);
  • Designated Employer Representative (DER) name and telephone number;
  • Medical Review Officer name, address, phone number, and fax number (can be pre-printed on the CCF);
  • DOT agency which regulates the employee’s safety-sensitive duties (can be preprinted in the appropriate box on the CCF);
  • Test reason, as appropriate (pre-employment, random, reason suspicion, etc.);
  • Whether the test is to be observed or not; and
  • Optional (C/TPA name, address, phone, and fax number (can be pre-printed).

New Federal Custody and Control Form

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:51

Published in the September 27, 2010 Federal Register is a Department of Transportation Interim Final Rule:
Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs:
Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form; Technical Amendment

The IFR provides instructions to employers, collectors, laboratories, and Medical Review Officers (MROs) for use of the new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF), and it offers a technical amendment to laboratories regarding mandatory reporting of confirmed positive drug / drug metabolite quantitations to MROs. The effective date of the IFR is October 1, 2010.

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