• Medical Review Officer

  • Qualifications of Medical Review Officers

     The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) commends the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) for their ongoing commitment to ensure the integrity of workplace drug testing programs. The recently revised "Procedures for Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs" updates the regulations based on current science and technology.

    An integral part of these programs is the regulation's definition of a medical review officer (MRO) as a "licensed physician who is responsible for receiving and reviewing laboratory results generated by an employer's drug testing program and evaluating medical explanations for certain drug test results." The MRO function in the process serves to alleviate fears among employees who are not using drugs illegally that they will be accused of being drug users. With these changes, ACOEM is updating its position on the qualifications required to perform services as an MRO.

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