New DOT Panel to come into Affect January 2018

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Transportation (DOT) have extended the federal urine drug testing programme panel requirements to include the Schedule II opioid drugs hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone. This panel is often to referred to as the ‘Extended Opiates’ testing. Inclusion of these four semi-synthetic opioids comes in response … Continued

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DOT Drug Panel Changes – How Will It Affect Canadian Non-DOT Testing?

Changes are Coming As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) January 23, 2017’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR), the standard Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) panel for drug testing may be changing this October 1, 2017 if the rule is finalized. Current SAMHSA panel: Initial Analyte Screening Cut-off Confirmatory Analyte Confirmation … Continued

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DOT Random Pool Testing Rate Slashed in Half

Effective January 1, 2016 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that the random pool size of drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) is to be reduced by half. Currently, 50% off all all drivers must be randomly tested each year and as of 2016, only 25% … Continued

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Hair Testing to Become Part of DOT Drug Testing Programs

The United States Congress passed Act H.R.22 on December 4, 2015, which will include authorization of funds for federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs. Included in this act is the authorization for employers to introduce pre-employment and random hair testing (random testing only if the employee was subjected to pre-employment hair testing) into … Continued

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eCCF – What is it and how can you use it

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is now allowing the use of Electronic Custody and Control Forms (eCCF) instead of the traditional paper-based form. This is what you need to know. The idea of replacing paper-based Custody and Control Forms (CCF) with an electronic version is something that has been talked about for years – … Continued

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DOT Update: Proposed Revisions to the CFR Part 40

The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed numerous revisions for the CFR Part 40, including the following: Proposed Urine Mandatory Guidelines (UrMG): Add opiate analytes oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone as screening and confirmation analytes. Include MDA and MDEA as initial tests and confirmatory test analytes. The current guidelines have these two drugs … Continued

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