DOT Final Rule Deadline October 1, 2010
August 16, 2010
The following is a summary of the Final Rule as
written by the Director of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, Jim
- The Department is required by the Omnibus
Transportation Employees Testing Act (Omnibus Act) to follow the HHS
requirements for the testing procedures/protocols and drugs for which we
- Primary laboratory requirements in this final rule include:
- - Testing for MDMA (aka. Ecstasy);
- - Lowering cutoff levels for cocaine and amphetamines;
- - Conducting mandatory initial testing for heroin;
- The Department brought several testing definitions in-line with those of HHS.
- Each Medical Review Officer (MRO) will need to be
re-qualified – including passing an examination given by an MRO training
organization - every five years. The Final Rule eliminated the
requirement for each MRO to take 12 hours of continuing education every three years.
- An MRO will not need to be trained by an
HHS-approved MRO training organization as long as the MRO meets DOT’s
qualification and requalification training requirements.
- MRO recordkeeping requirements did not change from the five years for non-negatives and one year for negatives.
- The Final Rule does not allow the use of HHS-Certified Instrumented Initial Testing Facilities (IITFs) to conduct initial drug testing
because the Omnibus Act requires laboratories to be able to perform
both initial and confirmation testing but IITFs cannot conduct
We highly recommend you review this document in its
entirety and update your policy as needed. You can view the final rule
directly from the DOT here.
PART 40 - PROCEDURES FOR TRANSPORTATION WORKPLACE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING PROGRAMS
(Effective October 1, 2010) click here (must have adobe) to download the complete public file document.
Information provided by the Department of Transportation, Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Office,
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590 (202) 366-3784