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DGCA’s crackdown on drug use

Date: 04 October 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous


New rules framed by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) says that flight crew members and air traffic controllers in India will have to undergo tests for psychoactive substances such as cannabis and cocaine.



The rapid spread of drug abuse culture, easy availability and increase in numbers of addicts has forced the regulator to take steps.



  • To conduct tests of workers, the DGCA will set up diagnostic infrastructures across the country. A draft notification was notified last year.

  • The new notification says that the responsibility of conducting tests rests with the respective airlines and the air traffic services provider.


The rules

  • Random drug-testing of at least 10% of the flight crew members and air traffic controllers have to be carried out by scheduled commercial airlines and air navigation service providers.

  • Before employing a person or admitting a pilot, all commercial aircraft operators, maintenance, flying training organisations, and repair organisations and air navigation service providers will have to carry out drug tests.

  • Individuals who have refused a drug test to a foreign regulator during flight operations have to be tested at the first opportunity.

  • Tests will be conducted for substances such as amphetamine, opiates, cannabis, cocaine, barbiturates, and benzodiazepine.


Positive results

  • Employees found to be positive have to be sent to rehabilitation facility. If test is found to be non-negative they will be immediately removed from duty until confirmatory tests.

  • If an employee has tested positive for the second time, their license will be suspended for three years. Their license will be permanently cancelled if found positive for a third time.