Drug and Alcohol Testing Services

Overview

Overview of our Drug and Alcohol Testing Services

NorthGene have worked within the legal sector for over 20 years providing high quality, innovative laboratory testing. Our dedicated staff have extensive experience which allows NorthGene to deliver a bespoke service, tailored to the needs of each individual client.

For supplementary information or to download a registration form, please select the relevant link(s) below. All registration forms must be returned via post or email as detailed within the registration document.

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Drug and Alcohol Testing: Supporting Information

 

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Drug and Alcohol Testing: Registration Form

 

NorthGene’s Drug & Alcohol testing service is provided by a third party laboratory accredited to standard BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Please read our terms and conditions.

Drug Testing

Hair Drug Testing

Hair testing to assess drug use is an accepted process whereby the number of drugs and drug metabolites found within a hair sample are accurately measured. The window of detection for hair drug testing is from one week to 12 months.

NorthGene’s Drug testing service offers, as standard:

  • Test results within 5 working days
  • All quotations are within LAA guidelines
  • NorthGene will beat any like-for-like third party quotations by 10%
  • Expert Reporting Scientists with over 50 years of combined experience in hair testing

If you require further information around drug testing, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Client Liaison Team on telephone number 0870 803 0999.

Alcohol Testing

Alcohol Testing

Hair testing for alcohol use is an accepted and validated process where biomarkers of alcohol consumption may be detected in the tested samples and can indicate abstinence or chronic excessive alcohol consumption of up to 6 months. Additional blood tests may be undertaken to corroborate hair testing and provide a more detailed understanding of the results. NorthGene strongly recommends that both hair and blood testing is utilised when testing for chronic excessive alcohol consumption.

NorthGene’s Alcohol testing service offers, as standard:

  • Test results within 5 working days
  • NorthGene will beat any like-for-like third party quotations by 10%
  • Up to 6cm of hair testing (approximately 6 months)

If you require further information around alcohol testing, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Client Liaison Team on telephone number 0870 803 0999.

Sample Collection

Sample Collection

NorthGene are able to utilise an international sample collection network for DNA, Drug and Alcohol testing. Most commonly, our sample collectors attend a solicitor’s or social services office, as this is the most convenient location for both the client requesting the test and the sample donor. It also allows you as the client, to witness the sample collection procedure if you wish to do so.

Alternatively, we are able to offer the sample donor an appointment in our NHS based clinic rooms situated at our head offices in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

If there are difficulties in organising the donor’s attendance at your office, we can also arrange for a recognised sample collector to attend the donor’s home to collect a head hair and/or a blood sample for testing, however, this must be a supervised visit.

Step By Step

Step by Step

1. Download a Registration Form

You can download a registration form in PDF format under the ‘Overview’ tab on this web page. Alternatively, you can contact our Client Liaison Team on telephone number 0870 803 0999 to request a registration form via post or email.

2. Quotation Issued

Once the completed registration form is received by NorthGene, a quotation will be issued to you by the Client Liaison Team.

3. Sample Collection

Upon confirmation of an instruction to proceed with testing, appointments will be organised via your chosen sample collection route (i.e. clinic, office or home visit). We will write to the sample donor directly to explain the testing process and what they are required to do.

4. Sample Receipt

Upon receipt of the hair samples, we will send them to the accredited laboratory for testing. Drug tests take up to 5 working days and Alcohol tests may take up 10 working days due to the more complex nature of the analysis.

5. Report Issue

The test report will be issued as soon as it is available, at which point we will also send an invoice for any work undertaken. Full payment is due within 30 days, as per our terms and conditions.