Comprehensive Legal Testing Service

DNA, drug and alcohol testing designed for legal matters

Legal testing services

We are the UK’s leading provider of DNA, drug and alcohol testing which can be used in UK courts.

We have supported thousands of solicitors and local authorities in the UK with their drug, alcohol and DNA testing over the years and we are considered to be the fastest, most accurate testing laboratory in the UK.

  • Next day* Legal DNA testing as standard
  • Same day* Legal DNA testing available if required
  • Drug and alcohol testing results in 3 days as standard
  • Winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2016
  • Most competitively priced laboratory in the UK
  • Price Match Promise: we will match any like-for-like quote then beat it by 5%
  • Our laboratory processes are UKAS accredited (Laboratory number 2773)*
  • Ministry of Justice approved to carry out parentage tests directed by the civil courts in England and Wales under Section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969
  • Chain of custody maintained
  • Sample collection service available for any UK location
  • Split invoicing available on request
  • Statement of Witness reports available on request
  • Free sample collection from our Walk in Centres

We do the hard work so you don’t have to. Our friendly and professional Customer Services team will manage your case from start to finish.

We will liaise directly with your client to arrange all appointments, which means that once you send us your instruction, you can rest assured we will manage the process. Just another reason to choose AlphaBiolabs.

Full Chain of Custody with UK-Wide Sample Collection

Legal DNA Testing

If you are looking to establish the biological relative of a child for legal reasons, then look no further. We can support you through the process and provide results that are admissible in UK courts and recognised by the Ministry of Justice.

DNA immigration testing

If you are looking to establish the biological relative of a child for immigration purposes then we can provide the support you require. Our reports are accepted by the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration.

We have fully trained sample collectors throughout the UK who can collect samples from an address of your choice

Legal drug testing

AlphaBiolabs works with many family law firms, legal practitioners, courts and local authorities to support decisions that protect children and families from the effects of harmful substances.

We use the latest technologies to bring you fast and reliable legal drug test results from a wide range of illicit, prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Legal alcohol testing

AlphaBiolabs provides alcohol testing for legal professionals, local authorities and members of the public for use in UK courts of law.

We provide the fastest, most cost-effective legal alcohol testing in the UK.

Price Match Promise: We will match any like-for-like quote and beat it by 5%

Local authority testing

AlphaBiolabs works with many local authorities to support decisions that protect children and families from the effects of harmful substances.

We use the latest technologies to bring you fast and reliable legal drug test results from a wide range of illicit, prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Drug and alcohol testing methods:

Hair drug testing

Hair drug testing is the preferred method of drug testing for family law cases and the family law courts.

It can be particularly useful for a more comprehensive overview of a person’s drug use. It is known as a ‘wide-window’ form of testing and can determine a history of drug intake for up to 12 months if required.

Our Drug Screen Plus service analyses hair samples for any drug present. We then issue a report on exactly what we find and in what quantities.

Winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2016

Urine drug testing

Urine drug testing is a method that can be used to determine whether someone is misusing drugs by taking a sample of their urine and analysing it for particular substances.

Urine drug testing is known as a ‘narrow-window’ form of testing and the usual period of detection is up to 4 days, although this can depend on the particular substance taken.

approved immigration testing

Oral fluid drug testing

Oral fluid drug testing is a method that can be used to determine whether someone is misusing drugs by taking a sample of their saliva and analysing it for particular substances.

An immediate negative result may mean that no further action needs to be taken, but a non-negative result will then undergo confirmation testing from the laboratory to determine exactly what substance was taken and in what quantities.

Most competitively priced laboratory in the UK

approved immigration testing

Hair alcohol testing

Alcohol abuse can be detected in head hair by testing for two different alcohol metabolites: ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and fatty acid ethyl ester (FAEE). These alcohol markers are absorbed into the hair via sweat and sebum.

By performing both hair alcohol tests the evidence is strengthened to determine whether alcohol has been chronically abused. Some types of body hair can also be analysed for EtG.

SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring®

SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® (SCRAM CAM®) is an innovative way of testing a participant’s alcohol consumption over a defined period of time. The tamper-proof SCRAM CAM® bracelet is worn on the ankle from 1 day up to as many months as needed. Because of its transdermal method of detection (through the skin) every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, the non-invasive bracelet provides a comprehensive profile of a participant’s alcohol drinking activities throughout the entire day and night.

Sample collection service available for any UK location

Breath alcohol testing

The person being tested for alcohol use blows into a breath alcohol device, and the results are given as a number. The number, known as the breath alcohol concentration (BAC), shows the level of alcohol in the breath at the time the test was taken. It does not measure past use of alcohol.

We have a number of devices we can use for breath alcohol testing dependent on your individual needs.

Nail alcohol testing

Like hair, nails are made from keratin, which is a fibrous protein. As the nail grows, substances can pass from the blood vessels below the nail into the keratin fibres where they become trapped. Biomarkers from alcohol can thus be detected in the nails.

Our nail alcohol testing analyses samples for the EtG marker. These EtG biomarkers become trapped within the keratin fibres along the length of the nail providing a detection period of up to 6 months.

Statement of Witness reports available on request

Blood alcohol testing

We recommend a blood test to detect alcohol biomarkers in conjunction with clinical assessment, to gain a greater insight into an individual’s alcohol use. Blood alcohol tests are made up of a liver function test (LFT), a carbohydrate deficient transferrin (CDT) test, a mean corpuscular volume (MCV) test and phosphatidylethanol (PEth) testing.

LFT looks at the functionality of the liver, the same way a medical professional would. CDT test gives a 4-week window of detection period and is a very good indicator if someone is drinking alcohol to chronic and excessive levels. An elevated MCV marker is an indicator of ingested alcohol. PEth is a direct marker of alcohol and is therefore the most accurate of the blood tests to determine alcohol abuse.

Free UK sample collection

AlphaBiolabs has gone to great lengths to create a full UK network of sample collectors who are able to take your client’s legally admissible DNA, drug and alcohol samples.

Our 10 nationwide Walk in Centres provide added convenience as no appointment is needed

This could prevent failed collection fees, and save you an average of £80 per instruction

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Very impressed with the speed of the report turnaround. This is key in childcare cases that we deal with. Your Walk in Centres are an excellent way to guarantee minimal delay.

Amy Bellingham
Family Law Solicitor, Elliot Bridgman Solicitors

Exceptionally high quality
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I am very impressed with the exceptionally high quality, service and speed. I will be using your company in all future referrals. Great to have found this service.

Helen Sangster
Family Solicitor, Yaffe Jackson Ostrin Solicitors

Excellent service
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Excellent service and all round very user friendly.

Colm McLaughlin
Solicitor, Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors

Very quick
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Excellent turnaround times, very quick with the results.

Christophrey Miles
Solicitor, Crombie Wilkinsin Solicitors