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DOT issues ANPRM seeking input on adoption of electronic paperwork for DOT drug and alcohol testing

Many carriers and service agents already use electronic systems for non-DOT drug and alcohol testing

Posted August 9, 2022

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to gather information about allowing electronic signatures on DOT drug and alcohol testing documents. Currently, only the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) is available electronically.

The Advanced Notice states that the agency wants to collect information from DOT-regulated agencies and service agents about the practical and economic impacts of implementing an electronic system, as well as lessons learned about the electronic systems agencies or service agents may currently use for non-DOT testing programs. The DOT is also asking for input on whether this potential electronic system should follow standards set by the industry, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), or other performance standards.

The DOT views adoption of a full or partial electronic system as a way to maximize efficiency, reduce costs, and maintain confidentiality and forensic defensibility.

Comments are being accepted on this ANPRM through October 4, 2022.

This article was written by Jen Loomis of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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