A collector is a person who instructs and assists employees at a collection site, who receives and makes an initial inspection of the specimen provided by those employees, and who initiates and completes the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF).
The collector is the one individual in the drug testing process who has direct, face to face contact with the employee. Without the collector ensuring the integrity of the urine specimen and collection process, the test itself may lose credibility.
The procedure for collecting a urine specimen as outlined in 49 CFR Part 40 is very specific and must be followed whenever a DOT-required urine specimen collection is performed. These procedures, including the use of the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF), apply only to DOT-required testing.
With the above in mind, it is important collectors fully understand the regulations and follow the established collection procedures. Therefore, collectors should familiarize themselves with 49 CFR Part 40, while paying particular attention to the following Subparts:
- Subpart C - Urine Collection Personnel
- Subpart D - Collection Sites, Forms, Equipment and Supplies Used in DOT Urine Collections
- Subpart E - Urine Specimen Collections
- Subpart I - Problems in Drug Tests
- Subpart Q - Roles and Responsibilities of Service Agents
- Subpart R - Public Interest Exclusions
- Appendix A to Part 40-DOT Standards for Urine Collection Kits
- DOT’s 10 Steps to Collection Site Security and Integrity Video
- Mock Collection Instructional Video
- How Can I Become a Collector For DOT Drug Testing?
- DOT’s Direct Observation Procedures
- DOT’s 10 Steps to Collection Site Security and Integrity
- Part 40 Q&As
- Urine Specimen Collection Guidelines
- Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF)
- List of Federal CCF suppliers