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SAPAA is a non-profit trade association whose members represent alcohol and drug testing service agents, including third party administrators (TPAs), in-house administrators, medical review officers (MROs), DHHS Certified Laboratories, Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs), manufacturers of testing devices, and collection sites/collectors.  Our membership includes representation from all 50 states and Canada in all of the above professions.  SAPAA is committed to providing members with up-to-date information concerning regulatory changes, state issues, industry trends, and member discounts on training courses and conferences.  

Members range from the new and inexperienced, to the seasoned professional in various capacities, which principally include: 

  • Owners and managers of private substance abuse testing firms;
  • Directors of substance abuse programs in the corporate sector;
  • Coordinators of substance abuse programs in medical facilities;
  • Representatives of industry service providers, such as testing laboratories and equipment manufacturers, MROs and collectors;
  • Government officials from agencies that have interest in the area of substance abuse detection.

When you start out as an administrator of a substance abuse program, you need to get up to speed quickly. As you advance, you still need acceleration: more information, more knowledge about technical, administrative, and regulatory areas.  As you assume a senior position, you need to teach and write about what you know.

SAPAA specializes in education.  SAPAA's national standards are recognized as the credential for the substance abuse testing and program management industry professional.  The Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrators (C-SAPA) certifying examination, formalized in 1997, aids employment opportunities and has increased the professional stature of the many professionals who have earned it.  Additionally, SAPAA's conferences provide an in-depth education with bottom-line issues—drug and alcohol testing, strategic planning, DOT developments, legal issues and ethical leadership—all rating high on the program and explored in-depth.  You receive an education with SAPAA you can't find elsewhere.

SAPAA will continue to strengthen its leadership role in the field of substance abuse detection. SAPAA structures its program to meet the changing regulatory climate by strengthening its leadership role and taking a proactive stance in lobbying efforts, bringing into focus the most intelligent people in the substance abuse testing and detection area.  SAPAA will continue to monitor its communications channels diligently to offer the highest level of information programming for members. SAPAA will continue to anticipate member needs by offering professional education of the highest caliber.  SAPAA offers a multitude of education channels providing many opportunities for many learning styles and different levels of availability.

Are you ready to join SAPAA?  Click here to join online through our website, or click here for a printable version of the application to complete and mail in with your payment.