• For a list of our qualified, professional, Partner C/TPA service agents call our office. 888-265-6362

    A Consortium/Third Party Administrator is defined as a Service Agent acting as an intermediary in the transmission of drug and alcohol testing information. The regulation is under 49CFR part 40:

    § 40.347   What functions may C/TPAs perform with respect to administering testing?

    As a C/TPA, except as otherwise specified in this part, you may perform the following functions for employers concerning random selection and other selections for testing.

    (a) You may operate random testing programs for employers and may assist (i.e., through contracting with laboratories or collection sites, conducting collections) employers with other types of testing (e.g., pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty, and follow-up).

    (b) You may combine employees from more than one employer or one transportation industry in a random pool if permitted by all the DOT agency drug and alcohol testing regulations involved.

    (1) If you combine employees from more than one transportation industry, you must ensure that the random testing rate is at least equal to the highest rate required by each DOT agency.

    (2) Employees not covered by DOT agency regulations may not be part of the same random pool with DOT covered employees.

    (c) You may assist employers in ensuring that follow-up testing is conducted in accordance with the plan established by the SAP. However, neither you nor the employer are permitted to randomly select employees from a “follow-up pool” for follow-up testing.


  • Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)
  • Defined by DOT (http://www.dot.gov/ost/dapc/sap.html) The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

    As a SAP you represent the major decision point (and in some cases the only decision point) an employer may have in choosing whether or not to place an employee behind the steering wheel of a school bus, in the cockpit of a plane, at the helm of an oil tanker, at the throttle of a train, in the engineer compartment of a subway car, or at the emergency control valves of a natural gas pipeline. Your responsibility to the public is enormous!

    As a SAP you are advocate for neither the employer nor the employee. Your function is to protect the public interest in safety by professionally evaluating the employee and recommending appropriate education and/or treatment, follow-up tests, and aftercare.

    With the above in mind, it is important for SAPs to fully understand and comply with the regulations…

    The Substance Abuse Professional Guidelines
    List of Substance Abuse Professional Training/Exam Resources
    Part 40 Q&As


  • Reference Directory
  • Click here to reach our “Web Reference Directory” — a summary of our recommended DFW links including several news and education sites dealing with drug and alcohol abuse and Drug Free Workplace issues.