Paperless DOT drug testing now allowed

Dec. 21, 2016

Transportation industries regulated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) have been required to conduct pre-employment and employee drug testing for over 15 years. As of December 15, 2016, National Drug Screening began offering electronic paperless DOT drug testing services. 

The use of the new electronic custody and control form (eCCF) significantly changes the landscape of the DOT drug testing industry. It replaces a five-part paper form.

The new paperless DOT drug testing is a benefit to collection sites that collect urine for drug testing, laboratories that test the urine specimens, Medical Review Officers (MRO's) that review drug test results, employers required to conduct drug testing, and third party administrators (TPA's) that manage DOT drug testing programs for employers.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) approves laboratories to electronically process drug tests for employees regulated by DOT. The approval insures that significant information security and technology related processes are in place to protect individual privacy concerns.

The use of the new electronic custody and control form (eCCF) will speed up the DOT drug testing process for employers. There will be fewer mistakes in the collection process and turnaround times will be faster. Employers have asked for these increased efficiencies for years. Technology and regulatory approval finally caught up with industry demand.

National Drug Screening (NDS), a TPA that manages DOT drug testing programs for employers, has new software systems available to provide for the secure electronic ordering of DOT drug testing by DHHS approved laboratories--Alere Toxicology and Quest Diagnostics. National Drug Screening can service DOT regulated employers with over 3,000 electronically enabled collection sites in the Alere Toxicology and Quest Diagnostics nationwide systems.

The NDS web based software solution allows for ordering of the DOT drug test, status updates, MRO review of results along with electronic delivery and web based storage of the final completed DOT drug test results. The system called MRO Results Online also provides for full management of DOT required random testing and random consortium drug testing programs.

For more information, contact Tom Fulmer at [email protected] .