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Name : ScreenSafe UK Ltd
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Address : Schott Building, Drummond Road
Telephone : 08450 505590
Fax : 05600 494565
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ScreenSafe UK provides world leading drug and alcohol testing services to medico-legal professions for use in family, criminal law, child protection and social services matters. Our laboratory services team have been testing for drugs of abuse for over 27 years and are the pioneer of modern techniques. Hair testing is unique in its ability to look back months rather than days at drug use, making it essential in child residence, protection orders, family and criminal cases etc. By providing information on exposure to drugs over time, hair analysis can be useful in verifying self-reported histories of drug use in any situation in which a past history of drug use is desired. During controlled tests of hair, a drug user is not able to hide the fact that they abuse drugs. Once ingested, the drug remains in the hair as a permanent record. All our testing methods, procedures and systems have been validated to at least UKAS standards or equivalent. Many have been published in peer-review journals such as the Forensic Science International (available on the internet). Our laboratory services were founded by the President of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, who is also the President of the Society of Hair Testing, and who has published over 100 articles on this topic and many "industry-used" reference books. The scientific director of the laboratory, is a world renowned hair expert with more than 15 years of experience in the field of toxicology, specifically in hair. To his credit he has more than 100 scientific publications, 12 chapters in books, more than 150 scientific reference posters and seminars/talks at many international conferences. Our laboratory service team also includes many World leading figures and experts who are actively involved in, and members of, the UK and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists (UKIAFT), The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT), the Society of Hair testing (SoHT). They have also published many groundbreaking articles and papers regarding pioneering and industry leading analyses.

Our Drugs and Alcohol Testing and Consultancy Services are accredited to ISO 9001:2008 standards and we guarantee that the laboratory services we provide to our customers are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 standards via internationally recognized bodies such as UKAS and COFRAC; a standard that only a handful of laboratories Worldwide can claim to achieve. Our primary focus has always been on Quality  not Quantity and, instead of just meeting minimum standards which are often left open to challenge, we have World leading authorities performing World leading analyses and guiding our team. Our results and/or procedures have never been successfully challenged, but our experts are experienced in successfully challenging the results and procedures of other UK providers and laboratories. NOT ALL TESTING IS THE SAME. If quality matters, it is only common sense to choose ScreenSafe UK.

We offer the UK's most accurate and widest range of analysis available for Drugs and Alcohol. We will not sacrifice quality for cost. The laboratory's pioneering techniques are celebrated worldwide and lead the way where other's follow. In essence, our laboratory services can be approximately 3-4 years ahead of any UK laboratory. For example, our laboratory has been analyzing for Alcohol in hair for almost a decade now. Due to the high standing of the laboratory director, the laboratory has access and uses only leading edge technology equipment. This results in other UK laboratories often using our laboratory services where they cannot provide sensitive enough testing and analysis methods.

We can offer the same level of sensitivity and detection as offered by other UK companies (we call this our "standard panel") which we do so you can compare "like for like", but can also offer you higher sensitivity tests on a wider range of substances (we call this our "non-standard panel"). For example we can detect a group of Benzodiazepines that are not included in other companies' analysis - therefore picking up evidence that may well be missed by them. We can also detect much lower levels of Cannabis using our specific test for THC-COOH. THC-COOH (or Carboxy-THC) is the marker for active cannabis use in hair and is not present in smoke produced from the combustion of cannabis plant materials. Thus the presence of this compound in the hair cannot be accounted for by being in an atmosphere where the drug was being smoked by others or from passive inhalation of the smoke produced. This is a far more sensitive than the standard analysis for Cannabis offered by other UK laboratories (and the one we include in our standard panel). This fine detail can often be crucial in a case. Our World leading quality and reputation means we are often the choice for "high profile" cases where dependability on results and expert witness is a pre-requisite. This has included successful challenges of hair analysis results provided by other companies (see Expert Witness   Service section).

We also provide a psychiatrist service, specializing in the area of drug, alcohol and substance abuse. Referrals to this service often result in a higher level of understanding of how long term results may impact on an individual's life and their role in the family unit. See the "Specialist Psychiatric Services" section for further information.

Most Common Drugs Tested For

  • Cannabis (including a highly sensitive test specifically for THC-COOH which will pick up actual Cannabis use and at low levels that other laboratories cannot test for)
  • Cocaine (including "Crack")
  • MDMA (Ecstasy or "E")
  • Opiates (including Heroin)
  • Amphetamine
  • Barbiturates
  • Methadone
  • MethAmphetamine
  • Benzodiazepines (including a group many that other laboratories cannot test for)

Please note that we can also test for other substances including Steroids, Ketamine, Buprenorphine, LSD, GHB, Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), Fentanyl, Meperidine, Khat, Psilocine, Phencyclidine, Mephedrone, Methedrone, Butylone, Synthetic Cannabinoids and Alcohol (ETG and FAEEs). The Alcohol test is used to detect abuse levels but we also have a technique that can help establish abstention from Alcohol of 6 months or longer. This technique is exclusive to us. The laboratory team are very quick to react to new substances - for example legal highs etc. In 2010 they developed a screen for the cathinones, including mephedrone, methedrone, butylone and MDPV, as well as a test for "Spice" (synthetic cannabinoids). They have published the first series of its kind for positive results for mephedrone in hair at the 2011 Society of Hair Testing meeting. Some of these are specialist tests that are exclusive to our laboratory. Please contact us to discuss any specific requirements you may have. Some of these substances cannot be detected effectively by the normal ELISA screening method and will therefore require direct chromatographic methods of analysis to give a legally defensible result. We lead by example. If it can be tested for, we can do it!!

As part of our industry leading package, we also offer our own (non-subcontracted) professional, fully insured and competent collection service   24 hours a day, 365 days per year (see our section on "Collection Service"). Using this service will ensure a legally defensible Chain of Custody, guaranteeing that enough hair is taken and that forms are completed correctly. The collection service includes secure and traceable despatch of sample for next working day.

An "Expert Witness Statement" is usually required in most cases. This will provide essential support at court via a detailed explanation of positive results. If you need further clarification or explanation then just ask. Our friendly team of experts are on hand to assist you, at no extra charge, in every part of your case. An "attendance at court" service is also available if required.

Our customer service level is of the highest quality, and we guarantee will not be beaten (see "testimonials"). Quotes are usually returned within 1-2hrs of receiving your "quotation request form". Please call 08450 505590 to discuss your requirements or send an email or use our online "quotation request forms". If you have never used our services before, we can set up a customer credit account with you in a matter of minutes, and have everything arranged for you within a couple of hours, leaving you to get on with what you do best. Our service includes quick, secure, accurate and reliable (legally defensible) results reporting within a guaranteed 10 working days of receipt of sample at the laboratory. Often, our standard turnaround is actually within 6-7 working days. For those who need to guarantee something quicker, a "Fast-Track" service is available.

The ScreenSafe UK CARES "Seal".

ScreenSafe UK is fully committed to improvement, in many ways, including Corporate and Social Responsibility. We are committed to providing true value for money and to aid the correct management of Public Funds.  As such, we do not charge for "split invoicing" if requested at the time of quotation.

Our ScreenSafe UK CARES seal is a visual representation of what we believe in, for both customers and the wider public sphere.

Ethical Procurement, The Environment and Corporate Responsibility:

ScreenSafe UK CARES about the environment.

ScreenSafe UK CARES about Ethical Procurement.

ScreenSafe UK CARES about Corporate Responsibility.

  • We ensure we choose our supply partners who work to an ethos similar to our own - we do not source products from companies and/or countries with known or alleged unethical work practices, including both Human Rights and Environmental impact.
  • We use less plastic in our testing devices - our urine test cups use almost half the plastic of other products in use in the UK.
  • Our plastic testing devices are made from recyclable plastics where possible.
  • We try to limit our impact on the environment in many ways. From lowering our carbon footprint through energy savings etc, to utilising digital "e" options for leaflets and brochures etc. We try to recycle old packaging where possible, and try to source all "new" packaging and paper products from recycled or sustainable sources.
  • We encourage a positive impact through our activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere.
  • We proactively promote the public interest by encouraging community growth and development, and voluntarily eliminating practices that harm the public sphere, regardless of legality.
  • We try to honour a triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit.

NOT ALL TESTING IS THE SAME. If you or your client wishes to benefit from the highest quality of analysis and customer service available in the UK today delivering your results on time, then please contact our friendly, dedicated and professional Medico-Legal team on 08450 505590 or via email.

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