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Medical Review Officer

Promoting and Preserving the Highest Quality of Standards Among MROs and Their Teams.

**IMPORTANT NEWS: Revised Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs and DOT OPIOID Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)**

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published new Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs (https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-23/pdf/2017-00979.pdf). The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to harmonize with the new HHS Mandatory Guidelines at https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/frpubs. The planned implementation date for the new HHS Guidelines is October 1,2017. There is a 60 day comment period for the DOT NPRM ending March 24, 2017 and after that DOT also hopes to be able to implement the new regulations on October 1,2017.

MROCC plans to offer an online CME module to assist our Medical Review Officers in transitioning to the new regulations. The release date of the CME module will be contingent on the final approval of the revisions. We will keep you updated via email and our website as the process develops.

Medical Review Officers

The Medical Review Officer (MRO) field is complex and rapidly evolving due to technical advances, regulatory changes, and new patterns of abuse. Testing for substances of abuse is now the rule rather than the exception in settings as diverse as the workplace, the doctor's office, and many schools throughout the country. The Drug-Free Workplace Act affects all federal agencies. Mandatory alcohol and drug testing is now required of all intrastate truckers, commercial driver's license holders, and other transportation workers. Joint government agreements between the United States, Canada, and Mexico monitor truckers crossing international borders. Federal regulations require MRO qualification and re-qualification training followed by certification and recertification by a nationally recognized Medical Review Officer Certification board every 5 years.

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      MEDICAL REVIEW OFFICER
      CERTIFICATION

    Registration and Examination

    MROCC Medical Review Officer certification is DOT and SAMHSA recognized and approved. The exams are based on 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR Part 40) and the MRO Competencies Document. As mandated by the DOT, Medical Review Officer certification is valid for five years, at which time recertification is required to remain within DOT compliance and in the directory of currently-certified MROs.

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      MEDICAL REVIEW OFFICER
      TRAINING

    Courses/Dates

    MROCC offers certification and recertification examinations in both online and onsite formats to physicians who have completed appropriate Medical Review Officer training. MROCC-approved onsite MRO courses are given multiple times per year and are required for initial certification. A convenient, no-travel, CME activity is available for those who are recertifying.