West Georgia Worx Director Dr. Nick Vlachos recently qualified as a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) through the national Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC).
Vlachos was certified by the MROCC, an independent physician-based body that conducts an extensive application process and written credentialing examination to identify licensed physicians with the proper medical skills necessary to evaluate drug and alcohol test results in public and private sectors of the workplace.
The U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, most Fortune 500 corporations and many smaller companies require employee drug and alcohol testing today. More than 20 million forensic drug test specimens are processed by certified laboratories every year, and the results of these tests are reviewed and interpreted by physicians acting as MROCC-Certified MROs. Federal law mandates that a certified MRO must make the final determination of whether a positive laboratory test represents substance abuse.
MROCC Certification is intended to ensure the public of quality services and the maintenance of ethical conduct by qualified physicians involved in drug and alcohol testing review. The certified MRO may also act as a resource to protect the company, helping with policies and regulatory issues, as well as providing related services such as drug testing collections, breath alcohol testing services, coordination of laboratory services, laboratory performance testing and preparation of summary reports for employers.
The MROCC Board of Directors represent a multi-specialty partnership among a variety of medical specialty groups — the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicologists, the American College of Medical Toxicology, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the College of American Pathologists and the American Medical Association.