HHS federal CCF advisory deadline

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is allowing the use of the 2000 Federal Custody and Control Form (CCF) through November 30, 2011 for federal workplace drug testing specimens. Both the 2010 and 2000 versions of the Federal CCF are acceptable during this time for Federal agency employee specimens. Beginning December 1, 2011, the use of the 2000 Federal CCF must be handled as a correctable discrepancy. This notice does not apply to US Department of Transportation (DOT) mandated specimens and we expect that the DOT will be issuing additional guidance in the near future.

The best business practice in preparation of this deadline is to replace the old CCF with the new forms. Please don’t delay.

Use of the 2000 Federal CCF after November 30, 2011
Laboratories must use the following procedures to correct the use of the expired 2000 Federal CCF as of December 1, 2011 for Federal agency specimens: The laboratory processes the specimen using its standard operating procedures for regulated specimens, and contacts the collector for a memorandum explaining the use of the incorrect form. The laboratory retains the specimen for at least 5 business days from the date that action was initiated to correct the CCF issue, and reports the specimen results upon receipt of the collector memorandum. If the laboratory cannot obtain a memorandum from the collector, the laboratory reports a rejected for testing result and indicates the reason for rejecting the specimen on the report to the Medical Review Officer (MRO).

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