There are many reasons why to transition to paperless drug testing including the Final Rule published by the U.S. Department of Transportation that allows employers, collectors, laboratories and Medical Review Officers to use electronic Custody and Control Forms, or eCCFs, for their regulated drug testing programs. Benefits include the elimination of inventory management and storage of paper forms, streamlined delivery of eCCF copies to employers and MROs, the ability to track and monitor real-time drug tests online from order to final result, and increased speed of a process through the use of technology. Yet, of all of these benefits, one stands out as possibly the most impactful – clear, easy to read Custody and Control (CCF) Form images that capture all of the required data.
Here are three steps to help employers transition to paperless drug testing:
1 – Require Electronic Non-Regulated Collections
An employer can send the donor to a collection site with a paper CCF. eCCF-enabled collection sites in the Quest Diagnostics network will automatically convert paper CCFs to eCCFs at the time of collection. This process yields high-quality digital images and consistent specimen collection protocols guided by an online wizard. In this scenario, the only change required of employers who continue to utilize paper CCFs is that they will need to begin tracking their donor’s drug test via the Donor ID located in Step 1. C. of the paper CCF as other unique identifiers will change during the conversion process.
2 – Order Non-Regulated Tests Online
Employers can order drug tests online and provide donors with a drug test collection authorization form. This method offers simplified processing at the collection site, real-time status updates for drug tests and the elimination of frustrations associated with paper forms.
3 – Go Paperless with Regulated Testing
Once an employer’s drug testing laboratory is approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP) to offer Federal eCCF, the organization can implement online ordering for your regulated drug tests. This will increase program control by using one system for every drug testing transaction and eliminate illegible images by purging paper forms.
Online processes mean less paperwork, fewer errors and increased productivity for your organization. Begin enjoying the advantages of speed and efficiency by taking steps to transition to paperless drug.