Preparing for the electronic Custody and Control Form (eCCF)

barcode.jpgEarlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a Notice of a Final Rule allowing employers, collectors, laboratories and Medical Review Officers (MROs) to begin using the eCCF for federally-regulated drug testing programs. This process provides numerous advantages for employers and collection sites including:

  • Fewer data entry and legibility errors
  • Improved efficiency
  • Reduced fatal flaws
  • Streamlined results delivery to MROs
  • Less paperwork to manage

As we prepare to begin using the regulated eCCF, we are making design changes to our interfaces that will affect both regulated and non-regulated eCCF users. With traditional, five-part paper forms, “Requisition No.” and “Specimen ID” were used interchangeably and were unique for any given client number and CCF. However, with this transition, the Requisition Number will no longer be located on the eCCF. Instead, the Specimen ID will be unique across all clients and eCCF systems and will be the common thread linking each drug test specimen to its associated records. As such, the Specimen ID should replace the Requisition Number where it was previously used. Once we implement this change, the specimen ID will be located in the top left corner of the eCCF.

A notification will be sent in December to the technical contact for our impacted clients so they can begin making system modifications to accommodate the exchange of eCCF data. As developments occur, we will share the information here, on our drug testing blog.

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