Steroid drug testing

Steroid Drug Testing

Fast and accurate steroid testing from our award-winning, accredited laboratory

We test for steroids using the following methods:

  • Hair
  • Nails

We offer the greatest choice of sample collection options, including our nationwide walk-in centres, home address, workplace, or other chosen location.

To discuss which drug test is best for you, call us now on 0333 600 1300, email, or complete the form opposite to request a call back.

To discuss which drug test is best for you, call us now on 0333 600 1300, email, or complete the form below to request a call back.


Steroid drug testing for legal professionals, social workers, members of the public, and employers

Steroids is the term used for drugs that mimic natural hormones which control and regulate how the body works and develops.

Anabolic steroids are the most misused type of steroids, often used illegally to improve athletic performance and increase muscle mass.

Sometimes referred to by the street name ‘Roids’, anabolic steroids are available as a solution for injection as well as in tablet, cream, and gel form.

Steroid drug test for legal professionals, social workers and local authorities

AlphaBiolabs has over 20 years’ experience working with solicitors, social workers and local authorities, providing rapid drug test results and user-friendly reports that are accepted in every UK family court.

More reasons to choose AlphaBiolabs for court-admissible drug testing:

  • Rapid results from our UK laboratory
  • UKAS 17025-accredited 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
  • Our Price Promise: we will beat any like-for-like quote by a further 10%
  • 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

To request a quote, call our dedicated Legal team on 0333 600 1300, email or fill in our online quote form.

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Steroid drug test for official matters

If you are an individual who needs a drug test for an official matter, we can help.

We have extensive experience providing drug testing for members of the public and are perfectly placed to support you with accurate and reliable laboratory testing for legal and official purposes.

Reasons you might need a drug test for official matters:

  • You are a parent/guardian whose child requires a negative drug test result for educational reasons e.g. school, college or university
  • You are a contractor or consultant who requires a drug or alcohol test to start work
  • For private legal matters e.g. child custody proceedings or divorce proceedings
  • For industrial tribunal proceedings
  • For other legal issues (e.g. driving offences)

Our drug test results are accepted by a wide range of organisations and institutions including Family Court, public bodies/government agencies (Child Maintenance Service, Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration), businesses of all sizes across all sectors, and educational institutions.

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Steroid drug test for the workplace

AlphaBiolabs has over 20 years’ experience providing comprehensive drug and alcohol testing services – including sample collection and laboratory analysis – for businesses and employers.

More reasons to choose AlphaBiolabs for your workplace drug testing:

  • Fastest results in the industry
  • Random, For cause, Pre-employment, Post-rehab and Return-to-work testing available
  • Full range of testing methods to suit all budgets, business needs and sectors
  • Support with substance misuse policy creation and review
  • Drug and alcohol awareness training for managers and employees
  • Sample collection training for in-house collection
  • Dedicated Account Manager and access to our scientific expertise

To request a quote, call 0333 600 1300, email, or complete our online quote form.

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Frequently asked questions

Steroids is the term used for drugs that mimic natural hormones which regulate and control how the body works and develops.

The term covers two very different groups of medications: corticosteroids and anabolic steroids.

These groups have different ways of working in the body, with the main difference being corticosteroids are catabolic (breakdown) and anabolic steroids promote growth (are anabolic).

Catabolic corticosteroids are synthetic, anti-inflammatory medications designed to mimic hormones produced by the adrenal glands – the two small glands found just above the kidneys.

They are prescribed and available over the counter to treat a range of conditions including eczema, muscle, and joint pains such as arthritis and tennis elbow, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma.

Anabolic steroids, which work differently to corticosteroids, are often misused illegally to improve athletic performance, and increase muscle mass.

Anabolic androgenic steroids are manufactured drugs designed to mimic the effects of testosterone, the sex hormone mainly produced in the gonads – the glands involved in reproduction (testicles or ovaries).

Although both men and women produce testosterone, these levels are typically much higher in people assigned male at birth. Testosterone is also the hormone responsible for the development of physical characteristics that are commonly associated with people assigned male at birth, such as the appearance of facial hair.

Learn more: What are the different types of steroids?

Steroids are used in different ways, depending on the type of drug and which condition(s) they are being used to treat.

They can be injected but can also be ingested in tablet or syrup form, inhaled as a nasal spray, or absorbed into the skin as a lotion, gel, or cream.

Anabolic steroids are usually injected into muscle or ingested as tablets.

Even after the effects of a drug have worn off, and long after the drug was first consumed, it can be detected by a drug test, depending on the type of test you take.

The drug testing detection windows for steroids are as follows:

  • Hair – up to 12 months, depending on the length of hair available for testing
  • Nails – up to 12 months (up to 6 months for fingernails and up to 12 months for toenails)

The rate at which hair and nails grow means that both hair drug testing and nail drug testing can provide a ‘wide-window’ of detection for drugs and their metabolites.

Learn more: Steroid facts

The type of drug test you need depends on your circumstances, and how you intend to use the results of the test.

We offer two types of drug test to detect steroid use:

  • Hair
  • Nail

Hair drug tests and nail drug tests provide us with a wide window of detection (up to 12 months). This is due to the way in which drugs are retained in the hair and nails, long after substances were first consumed.

Hair drug tests can be used to identify a month-by-month pattern or an overview of drug use (segmented or overview analysis) for up to 12 months. Nail drug tests are ideal where hair testing is not possible, providing an overview of historic drug use up to six months (fingernails) or up to 12 months (toenails).  

If you require a drug test for legal reasons, or other official matters, you will need to instruct us for a legal drug test. For a legal drug test, samples are collected by a professional sample collector under strict chain of custody conditions, ensuring the test results are court-admissible.

For advice on which test is best for you, call our friendly, discreet Customer Services team on 0333 600 1300 or email


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