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February 8 2018

The Impact Of The HHS And DOT Regulatory Updates On State Drug Testing

The Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued a final ruling to its alcohol and drug testing regulations, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

The revisions harmonize DOT testing regulations with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which published new regulations that modify mandated federal drug testing programs in October. These organizations have an impact on more than 20 states, due to the wording of many state drug testing laws that require compliance with federal guidelines, such as Kansas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico, which require Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration guidelines.

Businesses are advised to become aware of state laws and requirements.