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Legal drug testing

  • Substance and alcohol testing results within 3 days!
  • Low transparent prices
  • A quote can be emailed to you in seconds not hours
  • Free sample collection at our industry-first Walk in Centres
  • Save your clients and the Legal Aid Agency up to £100 per person on sample collection fees
  • Winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2016
  • Accredited-laboratory processes
  • Good relationships with many solicitors throughout the UK
  • Able to test for the widest range of drugs including non-standard ones
  • Providing first-class testing services to the legal sector for over 10 years

“I use AlphaBiolabs every time for my client’s legal drugs testing. That way I know my results are correct”
David Brown, Family Law Solicitor

Hair strand drug test results in 3 days

We can now offer drug and alcohol testing results in 3 working days, as standard

Legal drug testing

We have substantially invested in the very latest drug testing analytical equipment, and employ some of the best scientists in the world, to ensure that our legal drug tests are as accurate as possible.

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.

If you have received a quote for a like-for-like legal drug test from another testing laboratory we will match their price and take a further 5% off. This makes AlphaBiolabs one of the most cost-effective solutions for your legal drug testing needs.

Price Match Promise

We will match any
like for like quote
and beat it by 5%

Our drug testing panel

AlphaBiolabs can test for the widest range of drugs. Below is a list of the main drugs we get asked to test for:

Amphetamine Codeine
Methamphetamine Dihydrocodeine
MDMA (Ecstasy) Mephedrone
MDA Zolpidem
Alprazolam Ketamine
Diazepam PCP
Temazepam Buprenorphine
Chlordiazepoxide PCP
Nitrazepam Tramadol *please note this is not in our standard panel
Cannabis (THC) LSD *please note this is not in our standard panel
Cocaine GHB *please note this is not in our standard panel
Methadone Spice *please note this is not in our standard panel
Heroin Steroids *please note this is not in our standard panel


Drug Testing to Detect Illicit Drug Misuse

It is generally accepted that, for an average person, head hair grows at a rate of approximately 1 cm per month. If an individual consumes a drug, then during its circulation in the bloodstream, a proportion of the drug and its metabolites will enter the hair follicle via the dermal papilla and become incorporated into the growth of the hair shaft.

To drug test the hair, the sample is measured and cut into segments according to the requirements of the case. Each segment is analysed separately for the presence of drugs and their metabolites. Combined with an estimate of the growth rate of the hair, this assists in the determination of an individual’s drug use.

AlphaBiolabs is best known in the industry for its rapid testing solutions. We can now offer drug and alcohol testing results in 3 working days, as standard.

The Legal Aid Agency has produced a range of information to assist solicitors and individuals in establishing whether their case is eligible for Legal Aid funding and this can be accessed at the following website (legal aid checker). We recommend that you use this as a starting point before embarking on the complex process of applying for legal aid for your application.

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Accredited legal drug testing

AlphaBiolabs specialises in legal drug testing. We have worked with solicitors and local authorities for over 10 years to build a service designed for their needs. Our drug tests are admissible to UK courts and we are an approved supplier of the Ministry of Justice. We go to great lengths to ensure that our legal drug testing processes are the best available, which is why you can be sure if you take a legal drug test with AlphaBiolabs you will get the fastest, most accurate drug testing available. Our testing laboratory is accredited by UKAS (No. 2773), to the quality technical standard of ISO 17025, and we are also certified to ISO 9001.

UK-wide sample collection

We have a UK-wide network of sample collectors. Our fully trained sample collectors are able to collect samples from our bespoke Walk in Centres or from an address of your choice.

If you require a legal drug test, please call 0333 600 1300 for our latest offers.

The benefits of hair drug testing for court matters

Did you know that if you request an ‘overview’ drugs of abuse test to cover a period of 3 months, the test may show positive for the whole 3-month period even if your client has abused drugs occasionally? This can give the impression that the sample donor had been abusing drugs for the whole period analysed.

To overcome this, we recommend a 3-month segmented legal hair drug test is undertaken.

As an example, the sample donor could show positive for 1 month and negative for the other 2 months. Therefore, a more accurate reflection of the sample donor’s drug abuse/abstinence can be presented to the court.

For example, a 6-month analysis requesting two segments would equate to an analysis of two 3-month segments.
See the table below for example of hair analyses regularly performed at our laboratory:


Analysis Type Required (Months) Number of Segments Reported Time Period
3 1 Three Months
3 3 Three Individual Months
6 2 Two x Three Month Periods
6 6 Six Individual Months

Hair drug testing gives a detailed history of drug use from 2 weeks after ingestion, up to approximately a 12-month period. Drugs can be detected in urine soon after ingestion and for several days thereafter. Drugs can be detected in oral fluid shortly after being consumed and for up to 48 hours.

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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 clients legally admissible DNA, drug and alcohol samples.

Using one of these centres could save you up to £165 on your testing or even more when combined with our Price Match Promise.

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 which is 100% less hassle than other companies.

Helen Sangster

Family Solicitor, Yaffe Jackson Ostrin Solicitors

Excellent service and all round very user friendly.

Colm McLaughlin

Solicitor, Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors

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

Excellent turnaround times, arrived very quickly with the results.

Christopher Myles

Solicitor, Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors