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Proposed rule on hair drug testing sent to OMB

Federal agencies expected to review before public announcement

Posted June 17, 2019

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has sent a proposed final rule on using hair samples for testing of drugs to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review on Tuesday, June 11.

The hair-test rule would establish the scientific and technical guidelines for the inclusion of hair specimens in the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs and establishes standards for certification of laboratories engaged in drug testing for federal agencies.

A urine sample currently satisfies drug and alcohol testing requirements for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Because of the significance of the regulation, OMB will have 60 to 90 days to review it. Upon approval, federal agencies will have the opportunity to review the rule before posting it for public comments in the Federal Register.

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