Legal Drug Testing

12 reasons to choose AlphaBiolabs for court‑admissible drug testing:

  • Rapid results from our UK laboratory
  • Widest range of drugs tested
  • User-friendly reports accepted in every UK family court
  • Hair, nail, urine and oral fluid samples analysed
  • ISO 17025 UKAS-accredited testing laboratory (No. 2773)
  • Member of the Society of Hair Testing with analysis carried out to internationally-agreed standards
  • All pricing within Legal Aid Agency rates
  • Price Match Promise – we will beat any like-for-like quote by 5%
  • Expert advice and a dedicated Case Manager to fully manage your instruction
  • Innovative and FREE Drug Screen Plus service
  • Sample collections from any location within 24‑48 hours of instruction
  • FREE legally-instructed sample collections at our nationwide Walk-in Centres

Comprehensive advice and support

  • With over 20 years’ experience, we are well versed in effective case management, so you can be confident that every step of the testing process will be managed with care.
  • Our in-house team of experts can advise on the best drug testing method for any particular case, based on the individual circumstances and needs of your client.
  • Once your case is registered, you will be assigned a dedicated Case Manager to fully manage your testing instruction: from booking sample collection appointments, to liaising with our laboratories following receipt of samples, and ensuring swift delivery of your test results in an easy-to-understand, user-friendly format.
Legal Drug Testing

Drug testing methods

We provide the following options for legal drug testing, to suit your requirements:

Hair drug testing

  • Also known as hair strand testing (HST) or hair follicle testing
  • The gold standard in toxicological analysis
  • Drugs remain detectable in a cut hair sample for up to 12 months, depending on the length of hair available for testing, and when the drugs were consumed
  • Segmented analysis and overview analysis available
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Nail drug testing

  • Works by analysing nail clippings for the presence of drugs and their metabolites (breakdown products)
  • Ideal for cases where hair testing is not possible, such as where the donor has little or no hair, for religious reasons
  • Drugs remain detectable in the nails for up to 12 months
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Urine drug testing

  • Particularly useful where an immediate result is required, to determine recent drug use
  • Drugs remain detectable in urine for up to 4 days, depending on the substance taken
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Oral fluid (saliva) drug testing

  • Particularly useful where an immediate result is required, to determine very recent drug use
  • Drugs remain detectable in oral fluid for up to 48 hours, depending on the substance taken
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Price Match Promise: we will beat any like-for-like quote by 5%

Drug testing

Drugs we test for

Our laboratory can test for a variety of drugs and their metabolites, depending on your needs and the sample type being tested.

The main drugs we test for are:

  • Amphetamine
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine (inc. Crack Cocaine)
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opiates (inc. Heroin)
  • Buprenorphine
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • Ketamine
  • Mephedrone (M-Kat)
  • Methadone
  • Tramadol
  • Zolpidem

We can also test for the presence of:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Cathinone (Khat)
  • Cortisol
  • Fentanyl
  • Gabapentin
  • GHB
  • Hallucinogens (inc. LSD)
  • Hypnotic Sedatives
  • New Psychoactive Substances or NPS (inc.Spice)
  • Pethidine
  • Phenibut
  • Pregabalin
  • Propofol
  • Propoxyphene
  • Steroids
  • Zopiclone

For an even more thorough insight, we also offer a FREE Drug Screen Plus service. This will tell you if any additional substances were present, even if you did not specifically ask us to test for them.

Sample collection

  • We will collect samples from any location within 24‑48 hours of instruction, depending on your client’s availability.
  • Our extensive team of professional sample collectors can collect from any location in the UK including homes, hostels, workplaces, contact centres, hospitals and prisons, depending on your client’s circumstances.
  • Alternatively, we offer FREE sample collection for legally-instructed drug tests from our comprehensive network of nationwide walk-in centres.
  • All samples for legal drug testing are collected under strict chain of custody conditions, ensuring our test results are court  admissible.