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 http://www.regulations.gov 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.