SAMHSA has published its long awaited Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs Oral/Fluid authorizing oral fluid laboratory based testing for federal workplace drug testing programs. These Mandatory Guidelines were published in the Federal Register this morning, October 25, 2019 at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/25/2019-22684/mandatory-guidelines-for-federal-workplace-drug-testing-programs-oralfluid , https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-25/pdf/2019-22684.pdf.
Please note that the SAMHSA Rule does not authorize oral fluids laboratory-based testing for United States Department of Transportation Agency(s) mandated testing at this time because:
- Additional rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Transportation updating 49 CFR Part 40 and the DOT Agencies is required.
- The testing laboratories must obtain certification from SAMHSA prior to conducting oral fluids laboratory testing.
- Revisions to the federal custody and control form (also used for DOT mandated testing) must be obtained by the SAMHSA certified testing laboratories.