DOT Publishes Guidance on Revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires drug and alcohol testing for personnel performing safety-sensitive functions in the transportation industry, such as truck drivers holding a Commercial Driver’s License who operate a truck that requires a hazardous materials placard (49 C.F.R. Part 382) and operators of natural gas and other hazardous liquids pipelines (49 C.F.R. Part 199).

On August 17, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released changes to its Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF), and on August 31, DOT posted a Guidance Document explaining how the CCF changes may affect the transportation sector.  The most significant change is that the federal drug-testing program now allows for the use of oral fluid specimens; previously only urine specimens were permitted.  A number of ministerial edits to the CCF were also made. 

There is a transition period for the adoption of the new form.  Beginning on September 1, 2020, DOT-regulated entities could begin using the updated CCF, however, the old form may be used until August 30, 2021.  

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