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controlled substance if the operator was subject to hair testing for pre-employment testing. It is important to note that this is an initial authorization for hair testing and that regulations and guidelines still need to be established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Te law requires HHS to issue guidelines no later than one year from the date of enactment. It will be interesting to see if and when hair testing becomes a reality for the DOT program. Laboratory-based oral fluid testing seems


to be gaining the most momentum in our industry. It seems that every month there is an industry webinar being promoted to educate employers and drug testing industry professionals about lab-based oral fluid drug testing. Tis testing is currently offered by most of the major laboratories providing


workplace drug testing. Similar to hair testing, it is very difficult to cheat on an oral fluid drug test. It is important to note that the look back period is the shortest of all the specimen types and also that many drugs can be detected within hours of use. In May of 2015, HHS proposed new


guidelines in the Federal Register that would revise the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs to permit the testing of oral fluid specimens for drugs. Soon aſter, this proposal was open for comment and 120 comments were received from industry professionals and employers. Charles LoDico from HHS spoke at the recent DATIA conference and updated the atendees on the next steps HHS must take to finalize the proposed rule on allowing oral fluid testing. Once that is complete and


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