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Despite Mandate, Hair Testing Rule Still Months Away

A proposed rule that would allow trucking companies to conduct government-certified pre-employment drug testing using hair samples likely will not be publicly released until the end of 2017 or early 2018, according to a top official with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Despite a congressional mandate that a hair testing rule be in place by Dec. 4, 2016, Ron Flegel, chairman of SAMHSA’s drug testing advisory board, told Transport Topics that the group of scientific experts and drug lab executives still are working on ironing out concerns raised by the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency with ultimate responsibility for issuing a rule.



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