What is a medical review officer, a Medical Review Officer (MRO) plays a vital role of any robust drug testing program for both DOT/NON DOT drug testing. Whether you are a regulated employer, non regulated employer or individuals, it is recommended that you utilize a certified laboratory and that all results are reviewed and signed off by a licensed medical review officer (MRO).
What are the MRO’s responsibilities in the DOT drug testing program?
You can find listed below some of the basic responsibilities and requirements of a Medical Review Officer as it relates to the DOT Drug Testing Program. Furthermore, all of the drug tests at American Drug Testing are reviewed by an MRO regardless of the type of test or reason for testing.
Medical Review Officers…..
(a) Act as an independent/impartial “gatekeeper” of the drug testing process and they also advocate for the accuracy and integrity of the drug testing process.
(b) Provide an overall quality assurance review of the drug testing process (CCF form) for the specimens under their review.
(c) MRO’s must determine whether there is a legitimate medical explanation for a laboratory confirmed positive, adulterated, substituted, and invalid drug test result.
(d) MRO’s provide medical review of employees’ or individuals’ test results, however it does not imply that there has been established a doctor-patient relationship with the employees/individuals whose tests they review.
(e) Medical Review Officers must act to investigate and aid in correcting problems with the drug testing process wherever possible and must notify appropriate parties (e.g., HHS, DOT, employers, service agents) when and where assistance is needed.
(f) MRO’s help to ensure the timely flow of test results and other information to employers.
(g) MRO’s must protect the confidentiality of the drug testing information.
(h) MRO’s must perform all functions in compliance with part 40 and other DOT agency regulations.
For more information on the full detailed responsibilities of an Medical Review Officer in the DOT Drug Testing Program, we recommend downloading and reviewing CFR 49 Part 40. (Click Here).
American Drug Testing offers a comprehensive drug testing program including analysis at a SAMHSA Certified Laboratory and our in-house Medical Review Officers review all test results whether they are DOT or Non DOT regulated employers or individuals.