What Does a Non-Negative Drug Result Mean?

Drug Testing

When this question is first approached, ‘non-negative’ would surely in logical terms mean ‘positive’, but in the world of workplace testing and drug policies, this is not the way things work.  Allow us to explain. Is a non-negative result the same as a positive result? A drug... Read More

15th January 2020

UK Immigration Rules on Family Settlement


Immigration rules can be confusing, technical, written in ‘legalese’ and can be easily misinterpreted, especially when English is not your first language. There are restrictions based on what country an applicant is coming from and the rules can vary between temporary visitors, long-term visitors,... Read More

8th January 2020

How Long Does a Court-Ordered DNA Test Take?


When the question of paternity arises, it’s often as a means of finding out who is biologically responsible for financially supporting a child. It’s an emotional and stressful time for all involved, especially when there’s an ongoing dispute. To find out who the father definitely is (or isn’t), a... Read More

19th November 2019

Can a Paternity Test be Wrong?


The outcome for a families future can often rest on the results of DNA tests. Whilst you may or may not have ever been involved in the paternity testing process, it can often induce a great deal of emotion, anxiety, and fear for those who are. The outcomes have such important consequences that the... Read More

5th November 2019

Brexit & The Family Reunification Process


The uncertainty of Brexit and the impact it will have on the UK’s residents and businesses remains as uncertain today as it was a year ago. The UK media and the government's reports to the UK and the rest of the world’s populous continues to provide little clarity or reassurance as to what life... Read More

21st October 2019

SoHT Alcohol Consensus - The use of alcohol markers in hair

Following the 2019 International Congress of the Society of Hair Testing (SoHT) in Lille, a revised adaptation to the general consensus on alcohol testing has been formulated by a committee of experts to support the assessments drawn when conducting hair analysis of abstinence and chronic excessive... Read More

8th August 2019

A day in the life of a DNA Legal Client Manager - Immigration

Hi, My name is Terry Botting and I work for DNA Legal, based in the South West of the UK. I am a Client Manager and help hundreds of people every year with family reunification. The majority of the cases I complete are to support Home Office UK Visa applications, but I also work with clients... Read More

17th July 2019

Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) - The Superior Direct Alcohol Biomarker

Blog by Salah Breidi - Head of Forensic Toxicology There are some difficulties when testing alcohol in blood to determine if alcohol had been abused. Due to these challenges in testing alcohol consumption behaviours across society, in the most recent decades, intensive research has been... Read More

23rd May 2019

The impact of alcohol on your mental and physical health

Many people are able to enjoy drinking alcohol in moderation, but there can be some serious side effects when a person binge drinks or drinks heavily over a long period of time. There are short and long-term effects of alcohol that can negatively impact your physical and mental health. The... Read More

21st February 2018

Nearly 60% of adults drink alcohol due to stress

A recent research study by YouGov has revealed that almost 60% of adults in the UK are drinking alcohol in order to cope with the stress of every day life. The main objectives of the research were to provide an overview of adults’ drinking behaviour in the UK, explore the motivations for... Read More

30th January 2018

Hair Alcohol Testing: FAQ

What is hair alcohol testing? A hair alcohol test is used to determine if a person has consumed alcohol over a certain period of time. The test works by examining the Etg (Ethyl Glucuronide) and FAEE (Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters) markers in your hair, and is one of the most arcuate and established... Read More

24th November 2017

Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace: Your Rights

There are several reasons as to why a company may choose to implement a drug and alcohol testing policy for their employees. The misuse of drugs and alcohol can significantly impact a person’s ability to perform their standard day-to-day activities, leading to reduced productivity, as well as... Read More

17th November 2017