Collection Sites Outfitted for eCCF

by Nicole Jupe on February 5, 2016

collection-site-eccfAs we ramp up for the new Federal electronic Custody and Control Form (eCCF), developments and initiatives across our organization are nearly complete. After decades of using the traditional paper Custody and Control Form for drug testing ordering, specimen collection processing and chain of custody documentation for workplace drug testing, our collection sites are ready to use eCCF for regulated drug testing.

We have outfitted each of the more than 1,200 Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers (PSCs) in our nationwide drug testing collection network with bar code scanners and signature pads which will allow these sites to leverage Federal eCCF. This technology enables clear, readable images by eliminating the data entry and legibility errors associated with handwritten information on paper forms. Digital processes also offer improved speed and efficiency with less paperwork to manage.

In addition, we are upgrading our online collection software wizard for non-regulated drug testing to mirror Federal drug testing which will go live later this month. Our wizard requires the collector to follow the same steps in the specimen collection process and perform all the necessary drug testing requirements. The consistency between both protocols will help us to offer a more seamless drug testing experience for every donor.

Once our laboratories are approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP), all of our PSCs that currently support drug testing collections will be eCCF-enabled for regulated drug testing. We have submitted documentation and anticipate our formal NLCP inspection to occur soon.

Our informational video will help to familiarize you with new terminology, show you the new Quest Diagnostics eCCF form and explain how eCCF can help to simplify the workplace drug testing process.

We will continue to share the latest updates on the Federal eCCF so that you and your organization can prepare to make the transition. To receive first alerts on the Federal eCCF, follow our blogbookmark our webpage or like us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

For more information about drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Reasons for Testing: Return-to-Duty Drug Testing

by Alex Bednar on February 1, 2016

return_to_duty.jpgReturn-to-duty drug testing is for employees who have previously tested positive for illicit substances or violated a company’s drug and alcohol policy. For both the general U.S. workforce and the federally-mandated safety sensitive workforce, return-to-duty drug testing is a single test that is performed at a scheduled time, typically following the completion of a drug abatement program.

While companies within the general U.S. workforce can set their own rules and guidelines for return-to-duty tests, the safety-sensitive, federally-mandated workforce is governed by specific regulations. Under federally-mandated testing guidelines, return-to-duty drug tests are performed after one of three events – a positive drug test result, a refusal to test or the violation of a specific drug or alcohol rule. Before completing the return-to-duty test, an employee must be evaluated by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and complete any counseling or treatment deemed necessary by the SAP. Return-to-duty drug tests must be conducted under direct observation for all federally-mandated employees.

Positivity Rates

Results from the 2014 Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) show that, as with all previously discussed reasons for testing, return-to-duty urine drug test positivity rates are higher in the general U.S. workforce (6.4 percent) than in the federally-mandated workforce (2.9 percent).

Testing Prevalence

Data gathered from the 2014 Quest Diagnostics DTI show that return-to-duty testing accounts for only 0.3 percent of all urine drug tests in both the general U.S. workforce and the federally-mandated, safety-sensitive workforce. As with reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug testing, return-to-duty drug tests are not performed by all employers and are often used on a more specific, as needed basis.

Specimen Types

Urine is the only specimen type permitted for federally-mandated drug testing programs, regardless of the reason for testing. Leveraging data from the DTI for return-to-duty drug tests in the general U.S. workforce, positivity rates in 2014 were as follows for both specimen types:

  • Urine – 6.4 percent
  • Oral fluid – 8.7 percent

In Conclusion

Unlike most of the other reasons for testing we will cover in this series, return-to-duty testing often yields comparatively higher positivity rates due to the specific circumstances under which they are performed. When utilized in combination with other reasons for testing, return-to-duty drug testing can play an important role in helping to maintain a drug-free workplace.

For more information about drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Employers design drug-free workplace programs to protect their organizations from the adverse impacts of drug abuse and promote productivity, health and safety. Every drug testing type and method has its strengths and employers must choose which works best for their organizations.

This blog series explores the different reasons for drug testing, the frequency of each and the specific pros and cons each one provides. Read the introductory post to learn more about the series.

Winter Storm Jonas May Cause Delays

January 22, 2016 Industry News

Due to inclement weather, FedEx has reported disruptions and shipping delays in several regions across the United States. Please be aware that this hazardous storm may impact the logistics and transportation of drug testing specimens – including urine, oral fluid and hair. Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers (PSCs) and laboratories in the impacted regions may […]

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

January 20, 2016 Industry News

The National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is a national health observance aimed at revealing the truths about drug and alcohol use to teens. This year, the week is being observed from January 25-31 and the Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day is January 26. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) created a campaign […]

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eCCF Preparations Underway

January 19, 2016 eCCF

The eCCF is an electronic version of the traditional, five-part, paper Custody and Control Form (CCF) – the document used for drug test ordering, specimen collection processing and chain of custody documentation for workplace drug testing. Employers and their service agents can only begin using the Federal eCCF after their laboratory has been approved by the U.S. […]

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Preparing for your transition to eCCF

January 11, 2016 eCCF

We are busy making final preparations for the use of the Federal electronic Custody and Control Form, or eCCF, for regulated drug testing programs. An eCCF is an electronic version of the traditional, five-part, paper Custody and Control Form (CCF) – the document used for drug test ordering, specimen collection processing and chain of custody […]

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Can employers still screen for marijuana?

January 7, 2016 Illicit Drugs

As state governments continue to “legalize” marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, some employers may be questioning whether or not they can still screen their employees and job candidates for the drug. That said, several legal cases have set a precedent which may help address this growing concern. In the latest case, Washington State’s “Michael […]

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Reasons for Testing: Post-Accident Drug Testing

January 4, 2016 Post-Accident

As its name indicates, post-accident – sometimes referred to as “post-incident” – drug testing is performed after an employee has been involved in a workplace accident. Testing is used to determine whether drugs were a factor in the incident. Employers who implement post-accident drug testing must establish objective criteria for how and when testing will […]

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Why is Heroin So Addictive?

December 28, 2015 Illicit Drugs

An upsurge in heroin use has led to increased hospitalizations, overdoses and deaths. Heroin use reaches so far that Americans are living through a legitimate addiction epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the diverse group of addicts emerging from this epidemic is surprising, with some of the greatest increases in addiction rates occurring […]

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