The Resource Library includes links to resources that may be helpful to the MRO-A as they complete this course.
The Medical Review Officer’s team members Assistant play an integral role supporting the work of the Medical Review Officer (MRO) in ensuring a quality drug and alcohol testing process that provides the employer with the tools to maintain a safe, drug-free workplace.
The Medical Review Officer is a licensed doctor and subject matter expert who is responsible for reviewing, evaluating and sharing drug and alcohol test results with the employee, employer and with appropriate local, state or federal agencies in a regulated setting. The MRO may be assisted by additional non-physician staff, who perform certain administrative tasks such as obtaining and sorting of forms, entering most negative results and providing non-negative and fatally flawed files to the MRO for review. The MRO team members are supervised by the MRO.
Both the MRO and MRO team member “act as independent and impartial ‘gatekeepers’ and advocate for the accuracy and integrity of the drug testing process” while, at the same time, protecting the confidentiality of drug testing information.
MRO team members are typically trained by the MRO in a practice. The National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association has developed this course to create uniformity and standardization within the industry for MRO team mebers. The course meets the regulatory standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), providing the knowledge and skills to qualify MRO team members for assisting in DOT-regulated screening. It also prepares them with a solid foundation for non-regulated testing.
With NDASA Certification, the MRO team member can show they are trained and proficient in performing their job at the level necessary for regulatory compliance.
NDASA’s training is a professional-level course to qualify the MRO team meber under DOT 49 CFR Part 40. It provides detailed knowledge of the drug and alcohol screening process and the MRO team member responsibilities as well as the specific functions and tasks the MRO team member can and cannot assist the MRO with.
|Regulatory Standard||Examination||Deliverables||Industry Applicability|
|Federal||Universal skills set||Multi-industry|
|40 CFR Part 40 – Subparts||Final Examination – 90% to pass.||DOT Qualification||Public sector|
|NDASA Certification||Regulated by federal, state or local mandates|
Upon taking and passing a final examination, participants in this course will be issued NDASA Certification confirming that they are eligible to take on the role of a federally qualified Medical Review Officer team member and follow the high standards set by NDASA.