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Department of Transportation final rule on changes to drug-testing program

The Department of Transportation has published in the Federal Register a notice regarding changes to the DOT drug-testing program, which will take effect January 1, 2018. The DOT's summary of the final rule is as follows:

The Department of Transportation is amending its drug-testing program regulation to add hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone to its drug-testing panel; add methylenedioxyamphetamine as an initial test analyte; and remove methylenedioxyethylamphetamine as a confirmatory test analyte. The revision of the drug-testing panel harmonizes DOT regulations with the revised HHS Mandatory Guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Federal drug-testing programs for urine testing. This final rule clarifies certain existing drug-testing program provisions and definitions, makes technical amendments, and removes the requirement for employers and Consortium/Third Party Administrators to submit blind specimens.

The complete text of the DOT notice in the Federal Register is available online.

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