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The Law

There are various aspects of any country’s legislation when the questions regarding workplace drug testing are addressed.

One very important new piece of European legislation is the 2018 General Data Protection Regulation which employers most consider when sensitive data regarding employee welfare is being stored and shared.


Employers have the duty to provide safe work environments.
Chronic drug use is now commonly considered a medical condition, and an employer may be expected to make accommodations for assessment and treatment.
Drug possession in the workplace may also trigger further legal thresholds if there is an intent to supply or sell in an employer’s premises. e.g. company vehicle.
Drug testing also results in what is called “informed consent” which means that the employee declares current medication to the collector and testing laboratory. This is required so that current “declared” prescription and non- prescription medicines are known as part of the laboratory analysis.

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