5 benefits of using oral fluid laboratory testing


There are various methods of drug testing available. These can differ by sample type, analytes available, instant or laboratory testing – it can be confusing! Some of our customers choose to use instant testing over a laboratory service. With this in mind we have listed the benefits of using oral fluid laboratory testing.

  1. Simple collection without the need for specialist facilities

The benefit of using oral fluid is that a sample collection does not require the special facilities needed for a urine sample. The collection can be easily supervised thus decreasing the likelihood of sample adulteration.

  1. Quality assured accredited services

Drug testing laboratories should be regularly audited against ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standards to demonstrate their competence to carry out tests using laboratory-developed methods. This accreditation is awarded in the UK by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).  You can check a laboratory’s Schedule of Accreditation by going to the UKAS website.

  1. A wider range of tests available

Laboratory testing offers more analytes than those available for instant testing. A good laboratory will also be able to differentiate between illicit drugs and prescribed medications.

  1. Same day turnaround for negative samples

State of the art laboratories are able to provide same-day reporting for negative screening tests. They will also be able to consistently and accurately screen high volumes of samples.

  1. Confirmation testing providing unequivocal identification of drugs

Positive screening tests can go straight to confirmation for unequivocal identification of a drug. This will differentiate between prescription and illicit drugs. For example a positive screening test for opiates could be from the illicit use of heroin or over the counter codeine.

Who is Alere Toxicology?

Alere Toxicology provides legally defensible drug testing and can be relied upon to help you make informed decisions. Our laboratories were among the first in the UK to provide a laboratory based oral fluid testing service, which we have been providing for over 13 years. Our validated laboratory methods for oral fluid are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standards by UKAS and cover a comprehensive range of analytes.

Since the beginning of 2012 we have analysed over 1 million oral fluid samples. We have a rapid turnaround time of one day for samples that screen negative. The results of 99.5% of these samples were reported back on the same day they arrived at the laboratory.

Alere Toxicology are able to offer services that not all laboratories can. For example, our laboratory- developed technique can be used to distinguish between street amphetamine and pharmaceutical amphetamine. A 6-MAM (6-monoacetylmorphine) screening test is available. This is more specific than a general opiate screen when checking for heroin use because 6-MAM is the unique marker of heroin use.

We employ qualified, experienced and committed industry experts, all of whom integrate around a single binding philosophy that ‘behind every test is a life’. This gives you confidence in the process of testing and allows you to focus your attention on making effective use of the results.

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