AMROA’s mission is to contribute to safe and healthy, drug and alcohol free workplaces by promoting the highest standards of medical practice and advice provided to organisations undertaking Alcohol and Other Drug  (A&OD) programs.

2023 MRO Courses

MRO Certification Course – Friday 31 March & Saturday 1 April 2023 in Auckland

MRO Recertification Course – Sunday 2 April 2023 in Auckland


Registration now open – download form by clicking ‘Register Now’


AMROA was established in 2010 to develop an Australasian group of medical practitioners who have a special interest in workplace A&OD programs with an emphasis on the medical review of testing methodology and results.

AMROA uses the term “Medical Review Officer” (MRO) to describe those medical practitioners who have undertaken appropriate training and assessment and have met the AMROA requirements.

AMROA believes that A&OD programs are more effective and provide the highest standards of quality and assurance when the MRO role is integrated into the program.

Medical Review Officers

MROs are registered medical practitioners who have knowledge and understanding of:

  • substance abuse disorders and their management
  • A&OD testing procedures and methodologies
  • interpretation of test results including alternative medical explanations for laboratory confirmed test results as well as issues relating to adulterated and substituted specimens
  • pharmacology of illicit drugs
  • ethical and privacy issues surrounding workplace drug and alcohol testing
  • laboratory methodology and quality control
  • legislation and recommended standards as they relate to A&OD programs
  • fitness for work and other medical related safety issues

What value does the MRO add to an Alcohol and Drug Program?

An MRO can add value by:

  • Assisting organisations to identify risk and manage those employees affected by substance abuse disorders. The MRO can provide valuable advice in the development of a quality A&OD program.
  • Ensure the integrity of A&OD testing and interpretation of results of testing. This provides assurance to the organization that testing is effective in managing risk and at the same time, giving employees the confidence that testing will be fair with correct interpretation of results, and maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
  • Assist with the return to work of employees following treatment and assessment, while at the same time ensuring safety and fitness for duty.

Contact the AMROA Secretariat for more information about membership