Split Sample Issues

Splits optional for two operating administration, RSPA and USCG. MRO's responsibility to offer split test. Regulations moot on financial responsibility for split sample testing.

Request for split should not delay reporting of result to employer.

Donor must request split within 72 hours. Lab will not routinely report lack of split sample availability.

Failure of split to confirm initial test result requires cancellation of report to DOT.

Also cancel if specimen is unavailable, inadequate for testing, or untestable. Report cases where donor request for split test results in cancellation on standard form. Do not cancel test if collector failed to mark split not collected.

MRO must request split test in writing. MRO can order primary re-analysis: Donor can request split-specimen analysis (for drug only).

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