Consortium FAQs

If you haven’t already done so, set up a TeamCME lab account.

The next step is to add companies and drivers using the Company Setup Form. For additional help and questions, call (541) 276-6032.

You are free to charge what you feel is appropriate. We only make recommendations. Generally, TeamCME members charge their companies twice the amount of what the member is being charged by TeamCME.

Each DOT Agency and the USCG has regulations that require certain employers to implement a random testing program. A consortium is a random drug and alcohol testing pool. The majority of companies that fit into a Department of Transportation mode must be in a consortium.

Regardless of job titles like supervisor, volunteer, contractor, owner operators, etc., people are chosen for testing based on their job function (known as a safety-sensitive function) not their occupational title. Only DOT safety-sensitive employees must be part of a random pool. Use this quiz to discover whether an individual must be in a program.

Random selections and testing are performed quarterly and spread equally throughout the year. However, companies can require additional testing if it is in their drug and alcohol testing policy. We are able to customize random selections for companies of 8 or more drivers who wish to be in their own pool.

Everyone in the pool must have an equal chance of being selected and tested in each selection period. TeamCME uses sofisticated computer-based random selection software.

An email notification will be sent to your office. You then relay that information to the DER. It is very important the DER is not eligible for testing. The individual should not receive advanced notice of the selection. Once the driver is notified, they must report immediately to the collection facility. If the DER is eligible, and selected for testing, we recommend calling and having that person report to your office, then telling them once they have arrived. Then immediately proceed with the collection.

An employee should be notified during one of three time periods:

1. While they are on their way to work 2. While they are at work. 3. When they are just getting off of work.

We recommend while an employee is on shift and able to report to the TPA representative collection facility

They must proceed immediately to the collection site. If an employee is notified of a random test while working “off site” or “on the road,” the company’s policies should spell-out exactly what the employee must do before resuming safety-sensitive functions. TPA’s providing random selections and notices to an owner-operator should have written procedures on how they are notified and instructed after notification on when to report to a specific collection site.

When a selected person is known to be unavailable during the selection cycle (legitimate extended absence, long-term illness, etc.), document the reason and either make another selection, or make an extra selection during the next selection cycle.

If an employee is notified on their day off, they should still report to a collection facility.

If a person is selected for testing but has not received notice since it is their day off, test the person during their next shift.

In a truly random selection process, a high probability exists that some employees will be selected several times while others may never be selected. This is because after each selection, the employee’s name is returned to the same pool, and he or she becomes just as likely as anyone else to be selected next time.

If the employee is 50% one mode and 50% another, the driver must meet the requirements of the pool that requires the higher testing percentage. An employee who drives a CMV 50% of the time and handles hazardous material thr other 50% of the time would need to meet the FMCSA-required  random rates of 50% drug testing and 10% alcohol testing, even when PHMSA prohibits random alcohol testing and only requires 25% random drug testing.