Oral Fluid testing

Our Focus on Drug Test Quality

by Nicole Jupe on October 4, 2016

drug-testing-qualityAs a leading drug testing laboratory, we want employers to feel confident about their drug test results because these results often directly impact workplace safety, productivity, and an individual’s livelihood.  Therefore, we are dedicated to achieving an exceptional level of quality throughout the entire drug testing process from specimen collection to the final drug test result. Our focus falls into several key areas:

  • We measure precision in screening and confirmation testing, turnaround times, and problem resolution to ensure every result that our laboratories report is accurate and timely. Furthermore, our four drug testing laboratories are Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) certified to perform regulated drug testing as well as College of American Pathologists (CAP) forensic drug testing (FDT) accredited.
  • We continually monitor and audit our nationwide network of more than 8,000 collection sites. Our collector training schedule exceeds the requirements established by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) because we want to ensure every one of our professional collectors are knowledgeable, skilled, and up-to-date.
  • We track the logistics and speed of our company-employed couriers, commercial delivery services, and private and commercial flights that transport drug testing specimens from the collection site to the laboratory for testing because turnaround times are always a priority.
  • We examine workplace drug testing trends and publish our analysis in the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™. This empowers our scientific experts to prioritize innovation and develop drug tests that keep pace with the most commonly-abused substances.
  • Our IT team continually monitors system performance, results delivery, security, and code integrity in the technology solutions we use to simplify the drug testing process

At Quest Diagnostics, we work to achieve near perfect standards of quality. For example, our negative turnaround time (from lab log-in to result release) for a urine drug test is consistently faster than the industry standard and our fatal flaw rate for collections quality regularly approaches zero.

We understand that quality matters to our clients and that it is a key factor that sets us apart from other providers. Our We’re there when you need us™ philosophy weaves quality into everything we do. We pledge to help keep workplaces drug-free by offering high quality, reliable drug testing solutions.

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

Advantages of Oral Fluid Drug Testing

by Nicole Jupe on July 11, 2016

oral-fluid-advantagesImplementing an effective drug testing program can sometimes prove to be challenging. Because laboratory-based urine drug testing is the most widely used testing method, it leads some employers to believe it’s the safest bet. At Quest Diagnostics, we are committed to offering a comprehensive selection of workplace drug testing solutions which include oral fluid and hair testing to meet the needs of clients from different industries and geographies.

With that in mind, oral fluid is emerging as a popular alternative to urine. Like urine, oral fluid testing detects recent drug use and may also identify very recent usage that may not be captured by urine testing. While oral fluid has a slightly shorter window of detection (depending on the drug/metabolite and usage patterns), the overall positivity rate, based on recent Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ data, demonstrates a higher positivity for almost all drugs and more than twice the positivity for marijuana. In 2011, our scientific experts launched a new a FDA-cleared collection and testing system utilizing our patented technology in the Oral-Eze® Oral Fluid Collection System that we use exclusively for oral fluid drug testing. It’s worth noting that oral fluid is also being considered for federally-regulated drug testing. Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published proposed Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines in the Federal Register, a first step towards permitting the use of oral fluid specimens for Federal drug testing.

Here are some of the advantages of using Oral-Eze for oral fluid drug testing:

  • Oral fluid is regarded as reliable for detecting recent drug use.
  • A collection is simple to perform and can be conducted at a place of employment. Most oral fluid collections take less than five minutes.
  • Because an oral fluid collection is observed, it helps to reduce the opportunity for a donor to alter or tamper with their drug test specimen.
  • The Oral-Eze sample adequacy window helps test administrators know when they have collected a sufficient amount of oral fluid.
  • Our laboratory tests a variety of drugs in oral fluid including amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana (THC), methamphetamines, opiates, and phencyclidine (PCP).
  • Specimen validity testing is performed on every Oral-Eze specimen received in our laboratory to verify that the sample is human saliva.
  • Testing is performed within a few hours of the specimen arriving at the lab. Negative screening results are typically reporting back to clients the same day.
  • Data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ shows that Oral-Eze is very effective at detecting marijuana, the most commonly abused illicit drug.

Oral fluid testing features unique advantages such as excellent detection of recent drug use, the flexibility of performing observed collections on-site, and fast result turnaround times. It can be performed throughout the country with the exception of a few states. Check our guide to see where it is permitted.

To learn more about the Oral-Eze, download our white paper, visit Oral-Eze.com, or contact us online.

My Day in the Lab

June 8, 2016 Drug Testing

My name is Steve. I’m a marketer. I joined Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions two months ago. My journey has been informative and sometimes challenging as I endeavor to learn a new industry. Today was my induction into “the lab life.” I spent the day watching and listening as our highly-trained (and passionate) laboratory employees walked […]

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Drug Testing Needs Assessment

March 14, 2016 Drug Testing

Employers are tasked with making important decisions about how best to keep their workplaces safe, productive and drug-free. An important component of creating and maintaining a drug-free workplace is having an effective drug testing program. And, while urine drug testing has been the standard for decades, there are now many other drug testing options available, […]

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THC Drug Recovery and Stability Using Oral-Eze

October 20, 2015 Oral Fluid testing

Marijuana consistently ranks as the most commonly detected illicit drug. The primary psychoactive chemical of cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is also the predominant analyte detected in oral fluid drug testing when donors use marijuana. Oral fluid drug testing is emerging as a popular alternative to urine testing and is often used in workplace substance abuse, clinical, […]

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Challenging the Poppy Seed Defense

October 16, 2015 News

The “poppy seed defense” or the claim that ingesting poppy seeds is the reason for a failed drug test has long been used to challenge drug test results. A Seinfeld episode brought it into the mainstream with a story line where Elaine Benes tests positive for opium on her company’s urine drug test and blames […]

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Guide for Drug Testing Laws

September 21, 2015 Drug Testing

One of the most critical elements of your organization’s drug testing program is a comprehensive, well-written policy that is both easy for employees to understand and compliant with state and federal laws. State laws for drug testing vary across the country, while many states permit all types of drug testing, some states have unique requirements […]

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Why Choose Lab-based Oral Fluid Drug Testing

August 4, 2015 Oral Fluid testing

Oral fluid testing presents unique advantages such as the flexibility of performing on-site, observed collections and fast result turnaround times. Oral fluid testing begins to detect the presence of drugs soon after ingestion, making it an excellent indicator of recent use. Today, both lab-based and instant oral fluid testing methods are available. Yet, a laboratory […]

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Quest Comments for Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines

August 3, 2015 Oral Fluid testing

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines in the Federal Register – which was the first step to permit the use of oral fluid specimens for federally-regulated drug testing. This publication opened a 60-day comment period to allow the public to participate in the creation of […]

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Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines Comment Period Now Open

June 11, 2015 Oral Fluid testing

On May 15, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines in the Federal Register. The proposed guidelines are the first step in the process of enabling the use of oral fluid for the drug testing of federal employees, and as a result, would remove the current requirement of using […]

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