Local Authority Testing Services

AlphaBiolabs are specialists in providing legally approved drug and alcohol testing services for local authorities,  social workers and councils throughout the United Kingdom. We have built up very good working relationships with thousands of social workers and councils and always work to their tight deadlines to bring you the fastest, most accurate results every time.

Our local authority testing could not be easier:

  1. Fill in our online form or download one of our application forms
  2. Receive your no obligation quote
  3. We take care of everything else


Where child protection & welfare come first

Price Match PromiseWe understand how important it is to assess a parent’s drug and alcohol use when making decisions that affect the lives of children, and how important it is to get the results correct and giving you enough time to make the right choice for the parents and the children involved.

We understand that your time is precious when dealing with your case work, so we take the hassle out of DNA, drug and alcohol testing.

We offer you an order and forget service for local authorities:

  • We arrange sample collection from a convenient place
  • We now have walk-in centres available in the North West
  • We do the fastest, most accurate testing available
  • We report on your case in a timely manner in an easy to understand way
  • Winner of the Queens award for Enterprise in Innovation 2016


Local Authority Drug Testing Services

The hair drug testing process used by AlphaBiolabs is considered the “gold standard” in toxicological analyses.

Our local authority testing services are routinely performed using either scalp (head) or body hair samples and processed using cutting edge equipment and performed by some of Europe’s foremost toxicology experts.

We can determine drug use over a period of months and show if your client has refrained from taking drugs or if they have started taking drugs again.

The hair drug testing process is made up of five steps; sample collection, sample decontamination, drug extraction, simultaneous drug screening, identification and quantitation using high-performance liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (HPLC/MS/MS) and reporting.

Local Authority Alcohol Testing Services

We provide a full alcohol testing service including liver function testing to social workers and local authorities throughout the UK. We can report on a month by month basis to show alcohol consumption over a period of months or even abstinence.

Local Authority DNA Testing Services

OverThe First Laboratory to bring you next day results as standard the years AlphaBiolabs have helped in thousands of child protection and immigration cases with their DNA testing services. Our services are fully confidential and are admissible in a court of law.

As our ongoing service improvement program, we have consulted with thousands of social workers and casework managers to find out what they are looking for from a DNA testing laboratory so we have improved the speed of our legal DNA testing service to an unbeatable next day service.

Once we have received the samples at our UK based laboratory you will receive your results the next working day. This allows you more time to make those crucial decisions about the future of your wards.

Sample Collection Service

We have a UK-wide sample collection service who are available to take your clients samples at a time convenient to you and a place of your choosing. This could be your clients home, workplace or even your offices if you require.

All our sample collection procedures follow a strict chain of custody and are taken by fully qualified company nurses. This ensures your case will not be delayed due to an incorrect procedure.

We now provide a FREE sample collection service in Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Birmingham and Warrington which could save your department up to £165.00 in sample collection fees. We now allow your clients to walk in at the set times and locations and their sample will be collected by one of our fully trained sample collection nurses. To learn more about our Free sample collection service please click here.

Chain of Custody

AlphaBiolabs have a network of dedicated sample collectors who can visit your clients / members of the public’s homes or that attend Walk-in Centres that provide free sample collection without the need for an appointment at various locations.

All of our sample collectors are fully trained and maintain chain of custody throughout the process. Their procedures include checking identification and providing proof that the sample collection took place (such as photos of sample donors) to ensure that who is intended to be tested are those providing the sample.

The chain of custody is crucial to provide court approved results that can be used for legal reasons as this will ensure there is relevant evidence to prove the correct people have been tested while following strict guidelines.

Significant Savings for Local Authorities

Two particular services that could make significant savings for local authorities are our Next Day Legal DNA Testing as standard and our free Walk-in Centres at various locations across the country.

How Can Next Day Legal DNA Testing Save Local Authorities Money?

AlphaBiolabs provide the fastest Legal DNA Testing as standard in the world, with no additional costs for this speed of service. As our Next Day Legal DNA Testing is provided as standard, there are no hidden fees or additional costs usually associated with express services.

This means that local authorities can save hundreds of pounds for their legal testing needs, even if they have an extremely short timeframe to conduct testing.

Our Next Day Legal DNA Testing provides court-approved results that are accepted by:

  • Family Law Courts
  • The Ministry of Justice
  • The Child Support Agency

This means that our testing can be used for a number of scenarios for local authorities to take action to help vulnerable individuals including child care proceedings, for example.

Free legal test sample collection

Another way to make great savings with your legal testing is with our free Walk-in Centres.
At our walk in centers, sample collection is provided for free and does not require an appointment. Your client can just pop in at a time that is convenient to them (subject to opening days and times) so it is unlikely that they will not be able to attend the sample collection for any reason due to their flexible and convenient nature.

Using one of these centres could save you up to £165 on your legal testing or even more when combined with our price match promise.

Our free sample collection centres are open in the following locations:

Please note: Before you attend one of our Walk-in Centres please call 0333 600 1300 to register your case.
Our sample collection service is not included in our scope of accreditation.

Combined Services for Maximum Cost-Effectiveness

Local authorities that utilise AlphaBiolabs’ Next Day Legal DNA Testing and Walk-in Centres in combination will exploit one of most cost-effective ways to conduct testing that meets their requirements.

We by no means rush the process, using the latest technology and techniques to analyse samples with the utmost accuracy, but we have streamlined our batching and administrative processes to allow for this unparalleled turnaround time without increasing costs to local authorities or compromising quality.

Sample Collection Solutions for Local Authorities

If sample donors are living in separate locations, or wish to have their sample taken at a local authority’s office then it is possible to conduct this service in the appropriate locations, with separate appointments, without breaking the chain of custody.

Sample collection at our Walk-in Centres, which is performed for free and does not require an appointment (subject to opening days and times) is also conducted to the highest of standards and follows strict procedures to maintain chain of custody, so there are a number of sample collection options for Local Authorities.

To ensure that you receive the right test for your needs we recommend that you call our friendly customer support team on 0333 600 1300.

Order your Test/Get a Quote Here

Now you can apply for your drug and alcohol testing online. (Click Here For Online Forms) We have made this as easy as possible to save you time, but if you want to download the PDF version of our forms for you to print, sign and email back to info@alphabiolabs.com – also please feel free to call our Freephone number on 0333 600 1300 to speak to one of our experts.

PDF Downloads Download Links
Legal DNA Profile Request Form (Solicitors) Legal DNA Profile Request Form (PDF 13K)
Legal DNA Profile Request Form (Public) Legal DNA Profile Request Form (public) (PDF 13K)
Drug and Alcohol Request Form Drug and Alcohol Request Form (PDF 12K)
Immigration DNA Request Form Immigration DNA Request Form (PDF 13K)
Peace of mind DNA Profiling Request Form DNA Profiling Request Form (PDF 13K)
Split Invoicing Request Form Split Invoicing Request Form (PDF 13K)

Please download the appropriate form, print and fill in all the relevant details. Please make sure you sign the form and email back to info@alphabiolabs.com

You can now register your legal case online here:

You can now register your Legal Drug Test case online here:

*Please note: Our sample collection service is not included in our scope of accreditation.