Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy Compliance
The Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy Compliance (ODAPC) under the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) is the one in charge of all matters regarding drug and alcohol testing. The office advises the department secretary on all issues regarding national and international drug testing and control matters. The Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy Compliance is also the Department Secretary’s primary advisory body on all rules and regulations relating to drug and alcohol testing of employees of safety-sensitive transportation jobs in trucking, aviation, mass transit, railroads, pipelines, trucking and other transportation related industries. Regulations and official interpretation on matters relating to drug and alcohol screening include the proper method of conducting tests, evaluation of tests, and treatment methods required for employees returning to work after testing violations, are under the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy Compliance. The National Drug Control Strategy of the U.S. president works hand in hand with ODAPC for a common goal.
Importance of the ODAPC Program
Responsibilities of the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance
- ODAPC is tasked to create and manage regulations pertaining to drug and alcohol testing on safety-sensitive people employed in the transportation industry.
- The office lays down and implements the program for drug and alcohol testing, including the management of tests, and evaluation and treatment of employees who tested positive for illicit and controlled substances in the workplace.
- ODAPC links the U.S. President’s National Drug Control Strategy and the Department of Transportation.
The Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance works in reference and accordance with DOT’s 49 CFR Part 40.