Federal Administration Update

Drug & Alcohol Results Database

Submitted on Feb 20, 2014
On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, the FMCSA announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse), a database under the Agency’s administration that will contain controlled substances (drug) and alcohol test result information for the holders of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs). 

3 Synthetic Cannabinoids Banned

Submitted on Jun 10, 2013

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made the synthetic cannabinoids UR-144, XLR11, and AKB48 Schedule I, illegal drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years. These cannabinoids are often seen in so-called “fake pot” products that are falsely marketed and sold as “herbal incense” or “potpourri” products on the Internet and by a variety of retail stores.


FMCSA Rule Change - Medical Examiners Reporting

Submitted on Jun 10, 2013
In CFR Parts 383, 384, 391 the FMCSA proposes to require certified medical examiners (MEs) performing physical examinations on drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) to use a newly developed Medical Examination Report (MER) Form and a new  medical examiner's certificate (MEC). In addition, MEs would be required to report results of all completed commercial drivers' physical examinations (including the results of examinations where the driver was found not to be qualified) to FMCSA by close of business on the day of the examination.