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Drug-Free Workplace Guidelines and Resources

Find information on mandatory guidelines, drug testing, and other resources for drug-free workplace programs.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandatory Guidelines

The comprehensive Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program addresses illicit drug use by federal employees.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), by authority of Section 503 of Public Law 100-71 (PDF | 31 KB) 5 U.S.C. Section 7301 and Executive Order 12564, establishes the scientific and technical guidelines for federal workplace drug-testing programs. HHS also establishes standards for certified labs that conduct urine drug-testing for federal agencies.

The mandatory guidelines became effective October 1, 2017. See the final guidelines and revisions:

HHS Proposed Mandatory Guidelines

Drug-testing Resources

The following sections provide links to resources related to drug-testing program management, specimen collection, certified laboratories, and certified medical review officers (MCOs).

Employer Resources

The Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) and the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPPA) provide information, education, and training for managing drug-testing programs in the workplace.

SAMHSA also provides guidance on selecting or reviewing positions designated for random testing under the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program:

2013 Guidance for Selection of Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) – (PDF | 262 KB)

Specimen Collection Resources

Federal Custody and Control Form (CCF)

Use the Federal Custody and Control Form to collect urine specimens for federally regulated programs.

Drug Testing Advisory Board (DTAB)

DTAB provides advice to SAMHSA on its drug-testing activities and laboratory certification program.

Laboratory Testing Resources

Medical Review Officer (MRO) Resources

Medical review officers (MROs) are licensed physicians responsible for receiving and reviewing laboratory results for drug testing.

Last Updated: 05/16/2018