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Ministry moves to regulate E-2 drug tests

Ministry moves to regulate E-2 drug tests

The Justice Ministry announced yesterday that it would strengthen oversight on centers that carry out drug tests for E-2 visa applicants.
The move aims to better regulate the tests for those wanting an E-2 teaching visa.
From Feb. 1 tests will have to use a chemical indicator approved by the Korea Food and Drug Administration. Samples that test positive will then go through a GC-Mass Spectrometer analysis to eliminate false positives.
Centers that want to carry out the tests will have to get approval from the local immigration office. To become designated centers the labs must confirm they have the necessary equipment and meet other legal requirements.
(paulkerry@heraldcorp.com)
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