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NDASA Member's Memo

NDASA Member's Memo

By Jo McGuire
The National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association updates members on relevant industry news, compliance issues, regulatory changes and upcoming events.
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A Conversation with Bill Current
Get to know Bill Current and Current Consulting Group, our newest Preferred Provider! Sponsored by #OraSure
March 30, 2022
A Chat with Chuck Marting
Join us for a chat with Chuck Marting as we talk about his trainings at the upcoming NDASA Conference! Sponsored by Drug Free Business
March 23, 2022
Member Interview with Michelle Foye
Michelle is energizing our industry as she brings a fresh entrepreneurial spirit and professional perspective, while helping to grow and expand transportation opportunities to others. Come meet her at our conference find out how you can learn more from Michelle!  Sponsored by #Orasure
March 16, 2022
How to Prepare for Legal Challenges ... and MORE!
In this conversation with Linda Richardson, we learn about a new class that prepares us for legal challenges, as well as a grassroots efforts to create training standards ... and why accreditation matters. Sponsored by OraSure 
March 02, 2022
Mentorship with Mark Magsam
Learn all about our Mentorship program! 
February 24, 2022
Member Interview with Lynn Collins
You will enjoy getting to know Lynn Collins in this member interview with Southern New Hampshire Drug Testing! Sponsored by OraSure
February 16, 2022
Member Interview with Joe Reilly
Jo McGuire interviews Joe Reilly of National Drug Screening to learn how NDS faired through 2021, and what Joe's thoughts are the health of the industry.
February 09, 2022
Member Interview with Venus Mills of Drug Free Business
Get to know Venus, a 22 year veteran in the industry and CSAPA who shares all about what Drug Free Business is doing in the Pacific Northwest. Sponsored by #DrugFreeBusiness
November 17, 2021
Let's Talk About Drug Testing in New York
Jo Interviews Bill Judge and discusses drug testing in New York ... can you or can't you? Sponsored by #OraSure and #DrugFreeBusiness
November 10, 2021
Member Interview with John Burgos
Let's talk about how to increase efficacy in training your collectors!  John Burgos from Accredited Drug Testing shares some tips. Sponsored by OraSure and DrugFree Business
November 03, 2021
NDASA Member Interview with Bobby Betros of Verifique
We interview our newest member and Preferred Provider, Bobby Betros of Verifique. He explains the applications for the surface swipe test. Sponsored by #DrugFreeBusiness
October 27, 2021
Member Interview with Dean Wilson of Paperless Drug Testing
Interesting and informative interview with NDASA Member and Preferred Provider Dean Wilson of Paperless Drug Testing and Applicant Info! Sponsored by OraSure Technologies
October 20, 2021
Name Redactions on ECCFs
Two reminders and an update! Get compliance information and more each week by tuning in to the Member's Memo. Sponsored by OraSure Technologies and Drug Free Business MRO Services.
October 13, 2021
Tips for Cheating a Drug Test
Tips for Cheating a Drug Test ... and how they do NOT work!  Hear what is trending and how to overcome the claims that these products can foil a drug screen. Sponsored by Orasure Technologies
September 29, 2021
NDASA Interview with FMCSA Clearinghouse Administrators
Jo McGuire interviews Gian Marshall and Barbara Baker about recent FMCSA Clearinghouse changes and gets a few of your questions answered! Sponsored by #OraSure Technologies
September 22, 2021
Member and Industry Questions - Continued
In this episode, NDASA answers questions from members and the industry.
September 15, 2021
Required vs. Desired - The Differences between Regulations, Protocols, Industry Practices, and Standards
In this episode, NDASA Board Member George Gilpatrick lays out the differences between what is required and what is desired in terms of regulations, common practices, and protocols. These differences can be confusing and can be intentionally muddled by vendors trying to sell their products by fear.
September 08, 2021
Member and Industry Questions
In this episode, NDASA board member George Gilpatrick answers questions from the industry. Sponsored by Orasure Technologies
September 01, 2021
Federal CCF Reminder!
Reminders on proper procedures for the 2018 and 2020 Federal Chain of Custody Forms! Sponsored by #Orasure
August 25, 2021
Delta-8 THC ... What's the Deal?
Confused about Delta-8? Or CBD? Jo sets the record-straight! Get clarity and send questions if you have them. Sponsored by #OraSure
August 18, 2021
Member Interview with George Gilpatrick
Our 1st Season Finale! Jo McGuire interviews George Gilpatrick, our Training & Certification Chairman who shares about training excellence and top collector mistakes in the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry. Sponsored by #OraSureTechnologies
August 11, 2021
Why Have a PAC?
Jo McGuire explains why NDASA formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) and advocates for our industry at the State and Federal Level. Sponsored by #OrasureTechnologies
August 04, 2021
Member Interview with Samantha Brown
Based in Cheyenne, WY - Yellow River Compliance and owner Samantha Brown are ready to serve those in need of drug and alcohol testing. Learn about the oil and gas landscape and hear Sam's "Why". Sponsored by OraSure Technologies
July 28, 2021
Need Mentoring?
For those new to the drug & alcohol testing industry, NDASA now offers a business start-up mentoring program for Collection Sites!  Gina Kesler and Jo McGuire share what you need to know about this exciting opportunity!  Sponsored by OraSure
July 21, 2021
Is your MFR Ready?
Chain of Custody Confusion!  The new Federal CCF is in use. But you may still use the "old" CCF as long as an MFR is attached! What is that and how is it done?  Jo explains.  Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. 
July 14, 2021
What is Safety Sensitive?
Don't assume you know what Safety Sensitive is in the Non-DOT world of drug and alcohol testing. Sponsored by OraSure
July 07, 2021
General Industry Info & Updates
This week we give some informational updates and information that are valuable to those in the drug and alcohol testing industry. Sponsored by OraSure Technologies.
June 30, 2021
Member Interview with Jackie Pirone of OraSure
WHY isn't oral fluid testing for DOT ready yet? Jackie explains the process and what the "hold-up" is. We also talk about what is trending with COVID as well as why employers should use Oral Fluid testing for THC/Marijuana.  Don't miss this great conversation!  Sponsored by OraSure
June 23, 2021
How is the Quest DTI Helpful to You?
Jo gives a brief overview of how significantly the 2021 Quest Diagnostics Drug Test Index information can impact employers and their drug testing decisions.  It's worth taking a look and seeing for yourselves!  Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. 
June 16, 2021
NDASA Interview with Bill Judge & Nick Hartman
What can Drug Screening Compliance Institute do for you?  Anything that has anything to do with State Laws. Listen to learn more!  Sponsored by OraSure
June 09, 2021
Meet our New Staff Member!
Jo interviews our new P/T staff member, Sarah Davis and introduces her to our listeners!  Sarah shares her passion for this industry and why it matters every day.  Sponsored by OraSure
June 02, 2021
Conference Interview with Mark Magsam
Mark shares what he has learned on opening day of our 2021 Conference and other interesting topics with his 25 years of industry of experience. Sponsored by
May 26, 2021
Member Scenario-based Q&A
Interesting Questions from Members about specific collections scenarios get answers from our ED!  Sponsored by
May 13, 2021
Member Interview with Greg Henderson, Expert Trainer
Don't miss this excellent interview with NDASA Member Greg Henderson, expert on all things HHS and FAA drug testing. Learn why, "It's not Greg's Way, it's the Reg's Way" and what motivates Greg's passion for excellence in training. Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. 
May 05, 2021
NDASA & the Opioids Epidemic
Find out how NDASA is responding to the national opioids epidemic and how YOU can be part of revolutionary change! Sponsored by OraSure Technologies
April 28, 2021
How Substance Use Disorders in Families Impact the Workplace
Jo McGuire shares how a loved one with Substance Use Disorder can negatively impact the workplace and how employers can respond. Sponsored by #OraSure
April 22, 2021
Member Interview with Tyler Weston of Noble Medical
You will learn life-saving critical incident information from one of NDASA's newest members, Tyler Weston of the Noble Group, home of Noble Medical, Noble Diagnostics, Noble Backgrounds and Noble 6. This is a DO NOT MISS episode!  Sponsored by #OraSure Technologies
April 14, 2021
Member Interview with Tammy Vaught
Jo McGuire and Tammy Vaught of Assurance Consulting and Testing discuss odd collections scenarios and what to do when things go wrong. Use these as training tools for your collectors so they are prepared to deal with anything!  Sponsored by OraSure #orasure
April 07, 2021
Member Interview with Bill Current
Spend some time getting to know one of the most thoughtful, influential and knowledgable members of the drug & alcohol testing industry as Jo McGuire interview Bill Current of Current Consulting Group. You won't be sorry!  Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. #orasure
March 31, 2021
Member Interview with Renee Schofield
Get to know one of the most interesting women in our business as Renee Schofield shares what operations look like for TSS, Inc. in Ketchikan, Alaska!  Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. #OraSure
March 24, 2021
Impaired and Driving: Let's Stop the Cycle
Data shows that drug impaired driving has dramatically increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the facts and learn about a valuable resource to share with your clients. Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. #OraSure
March 17, 2021
We aren't HIPPA
Is the drug test a medical test? Does it fall under HIPPA protections? Learn these answers in this short explanation by Jo. Sponsored by OraSure. #OraSure
March 10, 2021
Are you Cyber Secure?
Have you thought about how you protect your data? Jo reminds you to have a plan in place. Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. #OraSure
March 03, 2021
Member Interview with Lyle Liechty of USDTL
Learn all about alternative specimen testing and what products you may want to add to your business service catalogue. Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. #orasure
February 24, 2021
Member Interview with Brian Drew of NMR
Jo McGuire interviews Brian Drew of Nationwide Medical Review. Learn what MRO's want every collector to know! Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. #OraSure
February 17, 2021
Not a Member Yet? Why wait?
Jo explains what sets NDASA apart as a membership association and why you should give membership a try!  Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. #orasure 
February 10, 2021
Safe Conferencing for 2021!
What does a COVID-safe conference look like and why you want to attend our annual gathering this May! Sponsored by OraSure. #orasure 
February 03, 2021
Member Interview with TOMO Drug Testing!
You'll enjoy learning from these two engaging leaders of TOMO Drug Testing as Mickey Moore and Angela Garrison share why they decided not to offer COVID testing at their facilities. Hear what is working for them in court testing and get some leadership tips along the way.  Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. 
January 27, 2021
NDASA Member Interview with Jim Greer
You will enjoy this interview with NDASA Chairman Jim Greer as he and Jo talk about a variety of important topics to include what separates NDASA from other associations.  Sponsored by OraSure Technologies. #orasure
January 20, 2021
NDASA Interview with Linda Richardson
Linda is one of the most dynamic members of NDASA and a stalwart in the drug and alcohol testing industry! You will learn a lot from her during this engaging and interesting interview.  Sponsored by OraSure Technologies
January 13, 2021
Do You Need to be Accredited?
Jo discusses why NDASA created an accreditation program when it is not mandatory in 49 CFR Part 40.  This episode sponsored by OraSure #orasure 
January 06, 2021
End of Year Industry Wrap-Up for 2020
George Gilpatrick shares 2020 highlights and events that have impacted the drug and alcohol testing industry.
December 30, 2020
NDASA Member Interview with Dr. Bill Brooks
Jo McGuire interviews NDASA Member and MRO, Dr. Bill Brooks of AdvantageCare. They discuss legal marijuana, the impact of COVID on the industry, common collector errors, training and much, MUCH more!
December 16, 2020
Changing Drug Laws
Jo McGuire talks about Oregon's recent decision to decriminalize all drugs and how more marijuana legalization impacts workplace policies. 
December 09, 2020
Actual Knowledge
"Actual Knowledge" and what it means for a testing program - The term "actual knowledge" appears in federal regulations and in company or agency policies often but can be misunderstood. What is actual knowledge and what is not?
December 02, 2020
Troubleshooting Common FMCSA Clearinghouse Mistakes
Get an overview of the most common mistakes causing headaches in the FMCSA Clearinghouse and how to avoid them!
November 26, 2020
Got Hair Testing? An Interview with Allen Johnson from Psychemedics
Jo interviews NDASA Member Allen Johnson. Learn what Psychemedics is doing in Hair Testing and what's trending in youth drug use while you get to know Allen ("AJ") Johnson. 
November 18, 2020
The New CCF and Oral Fluid Testing
Everyone is confused about Oral Fluid Testing on the new CCF for 2020. Let's clear it up.
November 11, 2020
What is Actual Knowledge?
George Gilpatrick clarifies the definition of "Actual Knowledge" for reasonable cause testing
November 04, 2020
Marijuana Series Pt. 4 - Marijuana and the Drug Test Policy
How should a workplace drug test policy handle legal marijuana?  Here are some Do's and Dont's to consider.
October 28, 2020
THC & Drug Testing - How It REALLY Works
The employee fails their drug test and says, "But I only used once 30 days ago!"  True or not true? Find out in this episode of the NDASA Member's Memo
October 21, 2020
Marijuana Series Pt. 2 - CBD and Drug Testing ... What's the Deal?
Jo McGuire explains why those taking "pure CBD" products may test positive for THC
October 14, 2020
Marijuana Series Pt.1- Why Cannabis is a Schedule 1 Drug
Jo McGuire starts a series on Cannabis and drug testing. In this first episode she explains why cannabis is a Schedule 1 drug and what that means in the world of drug testing. 
October 07, 2020
How to Handle Collections for Transgender Direct Observation
HHS has addressed this issue for USCG collections but DOT has not. What should you do? NDASA has recommendations.
September 30, 2020
Collector Training Matters!
Can your collectors get DOT certified to perform federal drug tests? What should training entail? Get the answers here.
September 23, 2020
Proposed Hair Test Rules - Go Comment!
Industry Bulletin - go comment on the hair test rules and get your voice heard!
September 16, 2020
Cheating the BAT
Just when you think you've heard it all, someone cheats the Breath Alcohol Test. Learn how and what you can do to prevent it from happening in your collection site(s). 
September 09, 2020
Catching Cheaters with Chuck Marting
Let's talk about donors who try to cheat their drug test! How do you spot them and then what do you do?  Industry professional, Chuck Marting falls back on his law enforcement experience to share his success in ensuring the integrity of the test. 
September 02, 2020
Industry Wisdom with Joe Reilly
Jo McGuire interviews long-time industry expert Joe Reilly of National Drug Screening Services and gleans wisdom about industry best practices, Clearinghouse challenges, leadership strategies and much more.
August 26, 2020
Jan Kornmann ROCKS! Listen to the interview
NDASA BOD Member and Trainer, Jan Kornmann, has been conducting Registered Professional Collector training all summer. With over 100 trainings, she shares the most common errors, mistakes and misunderstandings. Don't miss as we share some crazy collection stories!
August 19, 2020
Who Marks a Refusal to Test?
We are seeing some confusion about who gets to mark a test as a "Refusal" when a donor is uncooperative. Jo clears this up. 
August 12, 2020
Our First New Member Interview!
Meet Leah Sasis of MHS in the Chicago area.  She shares how COVID is impacting mobile collections, tips to stay safe and why she chose to become an NDASA Member.
August 05, 2020
6 Things Collectors Can do to Help Their Clients
Industry expert, George Gilpatrick, shares 6 simple tips on how to help your clients through the drug and alcohol testing process.
July 29, 2020
Supporting Employee Wellness During COVID-19
If you missed Karen Pierce's recent article on increasing trends surrounding substance abuse and what employers can do to help encourage healthy behaviors, Jo McGuire provides an overview of helpful tips and suggestions.  Make sure to see all of our resources at and see more about Karen Pierce at
July 22, 2020
Random Vs. Periodic Testing
George Gilpatrick explains the fundamental difference between random and periodic drug testing with descriptions of how each is best utilized.
July 15, 2020
COVID-19 Collections Recommendations
Our Executive Director, Jo McGuire, shares recommended collections practices during COVID-19
July 06, 2020
Introducing Member's Memo!
Jo McGuire gives a brief overview of what we will cover in upcoming episodes and invites you to share your information, experiences and subjects of interest.  Email us at: and visit our website at
July 02, 2020