Is there a difference
There is a big difference in the quality of labs. The Labs
we use are certified by the National Institute of Drug Abuse
(NIDA). A D.O.T accepted lab must pass a rigorous inspection
process and also perform well on proficiency tests (samples
sent to the lab to challenge the labs competence). They must
not only give the correct answer but also the specific drug
or adulterants as well as the correct quantity of each drug
that was found. If a lab is not certified there is no check
on the quality of the chain of custody or the analytical work.
Tests are conducted by certified collectors who are trained
about collection procedures as well as test site and chain
of custody requirements.
What does the
medical review officer (MRO) do?
Once a test is determined to be positive by the lab, there
must be a review and also interpretation of the result. The
MRO will look for a medically valid reason for the positive
result. The MRO will also look for procedural errors such
as chain of custody problems. A MRO is a required part of
any DOT- regulated program, and highly recommend for non DOT
testing. The MRO must be a licensed physician with knowledge
of substance abuse disorders.
How long does
it take for test results?
Test results are usually returned by fax within 1 to 2 days.
What if someone
has an accident?
We are there when you need us 24 hours, every day to arrange
I'm sure that
the lab has made a mistake. What should I do?
Our certified lab will maintain a positive sample in its original
container for one year from the date of the test. They keep
positive samples for just such a challenge. Anytime during
the year a donor can request a retest of the same sample by
another certified lab.
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