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 MROs 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.
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 MRO Certification board every 5 years.
MROCC 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, MRO 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.
MROCC offers certification and recertification examinations in both online and onsite formats to physicians who have completed appropriate MRO 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.
You can find important documents for practicing MROs and their team members on the MROCC website. You will also find multiple links to external websites, including the DOT, and list servers that can help to address MRO-related questions and concerns.
MROCC offers a credentialing program for MRO Team Members. This 3-year certification acknowledges competency in those practical skills the MRO Team Member applies in fulfilling professional responsibilities within the workplace drug testing arena.