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. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP). That said, we continue to finalize many of the last details necessary for enabling our clients to utilize the Federal eCCF for their regulated drug testing programs.
Over the weekend, teams at Quest Diagnostics conducted a mock laboratory inspection in preparation for our formal inspection by the NLCP. We walked through each step of the eCCF process alongside designated Quest Diagnostics drug testing collectors. The mock inspection team used our newly developed Federal eCCF Collection Wizard to ensure it works properly. The laboratory also verified how eCCF images and reports will be sent and received with technology used by our lab.
Overall, the mock inspection was completed successfully with only a few minor adjustments needed. Our walk-through using eCCF increased the technical confidence of our teams and heightened our eagerness to begin using eCCF as soon as our laboratories are certified. We have submitted the proper documentation and await NLCP approval along with our formal inspection date, which we anticipate to be early this year.
Drug testing using eCCF will improve the overall efficiency and will help to save both time and money with clear, readable eCCF images available online. 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 drug testing.
We will continue to share the latest updates on the Federal eCCF so that you and your organization can prepare to make the transition once our laboratories are approved.
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