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Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs

[Docket OST-2010-0026]

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing to amend certain provisions of its drug testing procedures dealing with laboratory testing of urine specimens. Some of the proposed changes will also affect the roles and standards applying to collectors and Medical Review Officers (MROs). The proposed changes are intended to create consistency with new requirements established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandatory Guidelines. On November 25, 2008, HHS issued a Notice of Revisions to the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs (Revisions to Mandatory Guidelines) [73 FR 71858, Nov 28, 2008]. The HHS revised some of their requirements for collecting and testing urine specimens, initiated requirements for the certification of Instrumented Initial Test Facilities (IITFs), and expanded upon the roles of and standards for collectors and MROs. The DOT is proposing various changes to 49 CFR Part 40 in an effort to create consistency with this latest set of requirements established by HHS. This NPRM seeks to harmonize DOT requirements for laboratories, collectors, MROs, and employers with the new requirements contained in the revised HHS Mandatory Guidelines.

Comments to the notice of proposed rulemaking should be submitted by April 5, 2010. Go to and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. You must include the agency name and docket number DOT-OST for the rulemaking at the beginning of your comments.