SAMHSA certified vs CLIA certified

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SAMHSA certified vs CLIA certified

Post by DrCRZ » Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:44 pm

Is there any valid argument for using a CLIA certified lab vs a SAMHSA certified lab for workplace drug testing?

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Re: SAMHSA-certified vs CLIA certified

Post by Robert Swotinsky MD » Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:45 pm

Laboratories must be certified by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to test specimens in federally regulated workplace drug testing programs. The certification program resides in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within HHS. Thus, the term "SAMHSA-certified." If the testing program is federally regulated (HHS, DOT, NRC) or by state law, employer policy, or collective bargaining incorporates a requirement for use of a SAMHSA-certified laboratory, then the program must use a SAMHSA-certified laboratory. There are currently 26 SAMHSA-certified laboratories.

CLIA certification is a program out of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) within HHS that applies to nearly all clinical laboratory services on humans performed at laboratories and some physician offices. It is not specific to drug testing. There are about 260,000 CLIA-certified laboratories. The SAMHSA-certified laboratories are each also CLIA-certified.

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