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Finding a suitable drug testing provider
The Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (r99.050) requires that drug testing performed under an organisation's drug and alcohol management plan (DAMP) must be in accordance with the following relevant Australian standards;
AS/NZS 4308 (for urine testing) or AS/NZS 4760 (for oral fluid testing)
The standard requires that any onsite or laboratory screening of drug samples is to be conducted by an organisation that is accredited by a recognised body. The National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) performs this accreditation function.
NB: The standard allows for the collection of the specimen to be performed by;
- a collector who has successfully completed a course of instruction for specimen collection and has received a statement of attainment trained in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework or
- a testing provider accredited to relevant Australian standard.
How can my organisation find a testing provider that is accredited to the relevant standards?
To find a suitable testing provider for testing under your organisation's DAMP, follow these steps:
- Go to National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).
- In the 'search' field (1) at the top right of the NATA home page, enter 4308 (for urine testing) or 4760 (for oral fluid testing).
- In the 'Choose Database' field (2), select 'Type of test.'
- Click on the 'Search' button (3).
- Identify accredited testing organisations in your area.
- Open the link to the organisation by clicking on the organisation name. This will provide contact details for the organisation.
- You can view the detailed Scope under the organisation details. This provides detailed information on the organisation's accreditation.
- You will find their drug testing scope of accreditation under 10.64 Medico-legal drug testing
- For urine testing, the organisation may be accredited to any of the following sections of the standard AS/NZS 4308:2008:
- Section 2 Specimen Collection, Storage, Handling and Dispatch
- Appendix A On-site screening procedures
- Section 4 Laboratory screening procedures
- Section 5 Laboratory confirmatory procedures
- For oral fluid testing, the organisation may be accredited to any of the following sections of the standard AS 4760:2006:
- Section 2 Specimen collection, storage, handling and dispatch
- Section 3 On-site initial testing
- Section 4 Laboratory initial testing
- Section 5 Confirmatory testing procedures
For auditing purposes, it is recommended that organisations request evidence of the relevant accreditation from the testing provider that is contracted. This will be a copy of the provider's scope of accreditation from NATA. This certificate should set out the relevant standard and the specific sections of the accreditation.
NB: This fact sheet is about Drug testing only.
Information about breath alcohol testing can be found on the Understanding drug and alcohol testing programs fact sheet.
Need more information?
Visit Drug and Alcohol Management Plans (DAMP) - Part 99 on CASA's website for information on regulatory requirements, guidance materials, available exemptions, resources and contacts.