Medical Review Officer
A Medical Review Officer (MRO) provides independent and expert scrutiny of positive results under medical confidentiality. In the case of a positive laboratory result, the MRO must determine whether this indicates the use of drugs in contravention of a company’s rules, or whether there may be a legitimate explanation.
The medical review process protects individuals from wrongful accusations when legitimate medications cause a positive result, for example, because they contain over-the-counter opiates. Not only are wrongful accusations distressing for the individual but can also lead to legal action against the employer along with adverse publicity. Therefore we strongly advise all clients testing their workforce should use a medical review process.
We run a regular MRO workshop that is aimed at anybody completing medical reviews as part of a drug and alcohol testing programme.
However even if you are not an MRO you will still benefit as the workshop explains the process by which the MRO validates all test results and checks that the specimen collection and analytical procedures were properly accomplished.