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professionally reviewed and follow the best practices in our industry. What issues and obstacles do you fore- see with international testing? International testing obstacles seem


significant at the present time but they will all be overcome with time for business and public safety reasons. Tere is a ground swell of interest in testing to reduce costs and increase profits in the slowing global economy. Drug testing is the most con- trollable business cost-saving tool and is embraced by the majority of international companies as reported in the DATIA/ SHRM landmark efficacy study published in Global Drug Policy last year. Te larger issue is that drug testing promotes public health and safety, which is at increased risk with new and more powerful drugs enter- ing our society at almost a daily basis. How do you think iDATIA could resolve these issues? iDATIA is resolving the concerns indi-


vidual nations present by having the largest drug testing industry association in the world validate a TPA’s program. Without iDATIA there is no set of standards by which a nation could determine if a compa- ny is professional and knows how to imple- ment a drug-testing program. iDATIA is the first step of a journey of a thousand miles, it is a historic event in our industry and it will evolve as our industry, new technologies and new drugs appear in our society. Te future of iDATIA accreditation is to continue to set the standard for drug and alcohol testing worldwide. Te standards must be adjusted for local jurisdictions and as new and more dangerous drugs enter our society. But this challenge will be met and standardized drug testing will become a global tool to insure public health and safety while controlling costs associated with drug abuse. Looking toward the future, where do you see iDATIA accreditation? With the assistance of iDATIA and drug testing we can help ensure that we all can


live and work in a safe drug free environ- ment internationally.


The Drug Detection Agency Ltd. Kirk Hardy


Auckland, New Zealand


Please tell us about yourself and your organization. Te Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) in-


cludes the brand names ADDA (Te Austra- lian Drug Detection Agency) and NZDDA (Te New Zealand Drug Detection Agency). Te company officially started in April 2005, Te Drug Detection Agency now comprises of a total of 31 offices and employs over a 110 staff in both Australia and New Zealand with an estimated further 45 offices to open over the next 3 years. Te organization carries out both office


and mobile on-site drug and alcohol testing services, consulting, implementing D&A policies together with a strong focus on our training division that specifically trains management and staff on dealing with issues of drug and alcohol use within or outside the workplace. What does iDATIA accreditation mean to you? To have a set of industry developed


international standards for drug and alcohol free workplace programs certainly promotes a guide to best practice on an international level. However, our organization believes that such standards need to be constantly assessed to ensure that they are relevant and in line with the latest research and devel- opments and are excited to be part of this global development. What issues and obstacles do you fore- see with international testing? Te legislation and standards already in


existence in some countries or states, are an obstacle. Tis in essence may prevent iDATIA procedures from taking hold, as one singular standard does not permit other forms of testing protocols relevant to the particular


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iDATIA is an international accreditation program that combines set criteria based on proven U.S. standards while adapting to international policies and procedures.


country or state in question. If such legislation standards are ignored, then this will more than likely have an effect on industrial rela- tions, disputes with employers and legal expo- sure organizations conducting the testing. How do you think iDATIA could resolve these issues? Te obvious resolution would be to ensure


that, first and foremost, local legislation or standards are adhered to. Secondly if there are no pre-existing standards or protocols in a particular country, then DATIA should con- sider lobbying for such standards. Tis will facilitate raising the quality of testing services on an international level which, in turn, will ensure that workers are safe in the workplace, which is what drug and alcohol testing is all about at the end of the day. Looking toward the future, where do you see iDATIA accreditation? As the international community ad-


vances drug and alcohol testing practices, the iDATIA program will have to moni- tor such progress and expand its program accordingly. Te iDATIA program, in conjunction with DATIA’s international outreach efforts, has the capacity to advance the standards of drug and alcohol free workplaces worldwide and I for one am certainly looking forward to being a part of such advancements. ❚


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