Drug Testing Services

Drug TestingAlphaBiolabs provides drug testing services to members of the public, the legal profession, local authorities and businesses throughout the United Kingdom.

AlphaBiolabs has over 20 years’ experience in hair strand drug testing and is recognised as one of the most established drug testing laboratories in the United Kingdom.

We employ some of Europe’s foremost toxicology experts in our dedicated Warrington based, a state of the art laboratory, so you can be 100% sure of our drug testing service results, first time, every time.

Why use AlphaBiolabs for your drug testing?

Here are just a few of the reasons you should use us for your drug testing services:

    • The most established drug testing laboratory in the UK
    • We report on drugs usage over a period of time
    • Hair drug testing & urine drug testing
    • UK based laboratory, help desk & dedicated case manager
    • Nationwide network of fully trained drug testing sample collectors
    • We are the most trusted laboratory by solicitors in the UK for legal drug testing
    • We employ the very latest toxicology technology to ensure our testing is first class

Hair drug testing service

AlphaBiolabs perform drug testing for UK courts of law. We have helped thousands of people with their drug testing needs over the years, and we are now the Longest established Hair Drug testing laboratory in the UK. With this kind of pedigree, you can be sure that your results will be correct, first time every time.

The Fastest UK Drug Testing Service

AlphaBiolabs will not send your samples to any other laboratory, unlike other internet based companies who do not have their own drug testing laboratories or toxicology units. We perform all of our own drug testing and as a result can provide you with the fastest legal drug testing in the industry.

Our typical turnaround times are as follows

  • Standard drugs test – results in 3 working days

As you can see by using a UK-based drugs testing laboratory, it speeds up the turnaround times giving you the time you need to prepare for your case.

Low-Cost Drug Testing Services

We are committed to providing the fastest, highest quality drug testing available. If you receive a cheaper quote from any other laboratory in the UK on a like- for- like basis, we will not only match it but will also provide you with a further 5% discount. This is to ensure that you are receiving the best value drug testing service possible. Get a quote today!

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.

Court ordered Hair Drug Testing Services

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 hair strand drug testing is as accurate as possible.

AlphaBiolabs work 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 drug testing technologies to bring you fast and reliable results from a wide range of illicit, prescription and over the counter drugs.

Drug Testing Services for Members of the Public

We present the peace of mind drug test. This test you can take yourself at home and the sample you collect is treated under laboratory conditions to test what drugs are being consumed. There is no other drug test like it in the UK today. Don’t settle for inconclusive dip tests when you suspect someone you love is dabbling in drugs.

Workplace Drug Testing Services

We provide a comprehensive drug testing service for your business. We offer a point of care drug testing with laboratory screening for positive drug tests and even UK a wide sample collection service.

In fact, if your company is lacking a drug testing program we can take care of everything for you.

Legal Drug Testing Services

Are you a solicitor, legal professional or work for a local authority as part of their child protection team? We help in thousands of legal cases put before the courts every year. Let Alpha take the stress in collecting and reporting on your legal drug testing case.

How we do our Drug Testing

Learn how drug testing works. Learn about how we do all drug testing including hair drug testing and the chain of custody we use for legal drug testing.

Drug Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

AlphaBiolabs offers drug testing nationwide to the family law courts and local councils nationwide. Our toxicologists, based at our drug testing laboratory in Warrington, are here to help all solicitors, social workers and legal associates alike, understand and interpret results. Many questions which we get asked many times are explained below.

What is drug testing?

What is drug testing?

A drug test is a technical analysis of a biological specimen, for example, urine, hair, blood, breath, sweat, or oral fluid/saliva—to determine the presence or absence of specified parent drugs or their metabolites.

What drugs can you test for?

What drugs can you test for?

We test for a wide range of drugs, and a list of just some of them are below. Please click on any of the below links to learn about those drugs in detail.

What type of drug testing do you perform?

What type of drug tests do you perform?

We perform, urine dip testing and hair strand testing. Our most common form of testing is hair strand testing as this is the most accurate form of testing.

How long does it take to get results from a drug test?

How long does it take to get results from a drug test?

Negative results are usually received within 24 hours; however, a positive screen will require further testing that may take a few days up to three days.

How long does my hair have to be for a drug test?

A six-month analysis requesting two segments would equate to an analysis of two three-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

Do you perform drug testing I can use in court?

Do you perform drug testing I can use in court?

Yes – we perform drug testing you can use in any UK court. Our legal drug testing service is already used by solicitors and local authorities in UK courts for various reasons.

I’m worried a family member is taking drugs – can you help?

Peace of mind drug testing

Yes, we can help you know for sure if a family member is taking drugs. Please see our Peace of mind drug testing page.

Do you test for alcohol?

Do we test for alcohol?

Yes – we can test for levels of alcohol consumption. We are experts in this field and can help you. Click here for details

Interpretation of drug test results

Drug Ranges

As it is not possible to establish the dose consumed from a drug hair concentration, a system has been devised to put the result into context by comparing it against the distribution of past positive cases received at AlphaBiolabs.

A low, medium or high range is assigned to the analytical finding. This will be either; below the 25th percentile, between the 25th and 75th percentile or above the 75th percentile respectively. This low, medium or high label, therefore, does not refer to the amount of drug consumed by an individual.

Can medications cause false positive drug test results?

Can medications cause false positive drug test results?

AlphaBiolabs uses the analytical techniques; HPLC/MS/MS (High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry) and GC/MS/MS (Gas Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry). These are considered the gold standard instruments in drug testing services.

As a hair sample makes the journey through the instrument, any drug present in that sample is isolated from all other compounds (including any medications). Consequently, any drug that AlphaBiolabs target in our testing is unequivocally identified. Therefore, if someone consumes amoxicillin, for example, it will not cause a false positive finding for a drug of abuse, such as cocaine.

Can hair treatments affect the drug test results?

Can hair treatments affect the drug test results?

Hair can be damaged when chemical treatments such as bleach and hair dye are used. Many scientific studies have demonstrated that when these treatments have been applied, the amount of any drugs present in the hair can be significantly reduced.

As a consequence, the drug testing of hair samples from individuals who are not heavy drug users and have had their hair dyed and/or bleached at some point during the required period of investigation may give rise to negative results. More frequent drug users may still test positive, but the levels of detected drugs may be less than that detected in an untreated hair sample. These effects are one of the many factors that complicate the ability to link a drug hair result with the amount of drug used, as explained above.

To learn more about how we provide the best drug testing, please read our hair drug testing guide here. Want to learn how to take a hair drug test sample? Please read our sample collection guide.

Drug Testing Information and Support

If you or a loved one has a drug problem or even if you believe that they have drug related issues, there is independent, fully confidential help available. We have compiled a list of organisations that can help you with information and support. Learn More

For more information on how to take a hair drug test sample, please see our quick guide to taking a hair drug test sample here, or if you would like an independent source of information please see the Wikipedia guide to drug tests.


How to Register a Legal Drug Testing case

We have made the process of registering your drug testing case very easy. You can register your test in a number of ways. Firstly feel free to register over the phone by calling: (UK) 0333 600 1300 or (International) 00441925 255450 and speak to one of our expert team.

Alternatively, you can download our registration form (below), complete all the details and email back to info@alphabiolabs.com. You can also register your case online using the below button where we collect all the details of the case and send you a quote for the testing service you require.

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 Drug Test case online here:

Please fill in the details as accurately as possible and one our support staff will be in touch to confirm all the details and give you your quote.

Are you a member of the Public?

If you are a member of the public, you may need a Public legal drug test. Click here for more details on our public drug testing services.