Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule leaves OMB

Agency now has go-ahead to publish final rule

Posted November 1, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) received its final rule for a DOT drug and alcohol clearinghouse back from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on October 31, 2016. The rule, “Commercial Drivers' License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (MAP-21),” has been under OMB’s review since May 20, 2016.

The rulemaking was the result of a Congressional mandate contained in Section 32402 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.

Under the proposed rule, FMCSA-regulated truck and bus companies, Medical Review Officers, Substance Abuse Professionals, and private, third-party USDOT drug and alcohol testing laboratories would be required to record information about a driver who fails a drug and/or alcohol test; refuses to submit to a drug and/or alcohol test; and successfully completes a substance abuse program and is legally qualified to return to duty.

Private, third-party USDOT drug and alcohol testing laboratories also would be required to report summary information annually. This information would be used to help identify companies that do not have a testing program.

The content of the final rule will not be known until FMCSA releases the rulemaking, which is expected to occur later this month.

Alcohol & Drugs DOT Compliance ManualJ. J. Keller's Alcohol & Drugs DOT Compliance Manual can help you understand and comply with DOT's Alcohol & Drug Testing requirements, including 49 CFR Parts 382 and 40.


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