An MRO “review” includes the interpretation of urinalysis test results reported by the testing lab. This is to ensure a scientifically valid result. Especially, the MRO attempts to determine whether a legitimate medical explanation could account for any “confirmed positive” result reported by the laboratory. This duty is fulfilled through telephone or in-person interview with the specimen donor. The MRO gives the donor an opportunity – through their doctor or pharmacist – to provide evidence of legally-prescribed drug-use that may have caused the lab-positive.
A small percentage of companies will not pay the extra expense associated with MRO services. However, such services do greatly enhance the validity and reliability of the overall drug-testing process. MRO services help ensure fairness to the donor. They also offer more protection to the employer in any case of later litigation for “failure to hire” or wrongful discharge” due to a “positive” drug test where the employee has been suspended or fired.
In addition, the MRO can assist your company, school, or other organization in areas of your substance abuse program such as treatment recommendations and laboratory quality control procedures. The MRO for OHS™ is Dr. Michael S. Wald.