New Zealand and Australia received new standards and procedures for specimen collection, detection, and quantification of drugs in oral fluid as at the end of March this year, which may give another easier and more viable way of testing for certain drugs other than requiring urine testing.

Unions are warning that companies who do not adopt this new standard run the risk of breaching the Privacy Act as collection that is ‘unreasonably intrusive’ would be breached if a less intrusive method is viable.

To safe guard your process, you’re best to outsource your testing to a third party who specialises in the area of oral testing. If you do your own testing contact your training provider. At the very least you need to review your policies and particularly your references to the types of testing you may do.

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