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If parental drug abuse is a concern and a child could potentially be unsafe in his or her own home, care proceedings will be initiated. In cases such as these, drug testing is relied upon to help decision making. Understanding the pattern and extent of drug misuse can help assess the risk to the child. Tests may also be relied upon to prove historical drug use.

When the results of drug tests can have such significant effects on a family unit, you need to be confident that the testing results are accurate – and above all – presented on time.

Judicial decisions rely on accurate drug testing

Life-changing care proceedings need decisions that are backed by scientific evidence. For this, you need to use a trusted and competent testing laboratory. AlphaBiolabs specialises in drug and alcohol testing and has worked with social workers and family law solicitors for 15 years. Our legal drug testing is recognised and admissible to UK courts.

Our in-house laboratory is accredited by UKAS to ISO 17025 standard (No. 2773), which means you can be confident of getting accurate results. We also follow the Society of Hair Testing guidelines for drug testing in hair [1].

In addition, our drug testing methods are the fastest available. We can turnaround results within 3 days, essential for meeting tight court deadlines.

Wide range of drug tests for the family law courts

AlphaBiolabs offers a full legal drug testing service ranging from hair clippings (both head and body), urine, oral fluid and nail clippings.

We also have a Drug Screen Plus service, which analyses samples for any drugs present. We will then issue a report on exactly what we find.

More information on the tests available can be read in Drug testing for court.

Evidence-based reports

Together with the other available evidence, our Statement of Witness reports will be invaluable in helping you determine the outcome for your care proceeding case.

The reports work within the framework of Family Law and follow Part 25 of the Family Procedure Rules (2010). They are clear, succinct and won’t baffle you with science. The reports include all of the details of the drug tests performed, the results in full and a conclusion based on the evidence. In addition, to save you time deciphering the content, our reporting scientists also provide their expert opinion where they interpret the results.

Whether you are a private individual, a social worker or solicitor, we can help you with expert advice on legal drug testing. We also offer interest-free credit options for privately paying customers. Please call 0333 600 1300 or email us at

[1] Forensic Science International 2012;218:20–24.