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How to avoid a false positive drug test and the factors that can cause it

How to avoid a false positive drug test and the factors that can cause it

A common question that the team at DNA Legal receive is what will cause a false positive drugs test? You may have read in one of our other blog posts the fact that that we’ve mentioned one of the flaws in drug testing is that there is such a thing as a ‘false positive’ if the laboratory does not... Read More

15th December 2020
Job Sectors and their Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing: Procedures and Policies

Job Sectors and their Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing: Procedures and Policies

In the UK, the extent of drug & alcohol abuse in the workplace is not often discussed yet over one million people per year are estimated to be abusing drugs & alcohol whilst at work. However, most workplace testing policies only apply to industries where safety is of the utmost... Read More

17th November 2020
Why alcohol markers EtG and FAEE (EtPa) cannot be segmented in hair

Why alcohol markers EtG and FAEE (EtPa) cannot be segmented in hair

Introduction: Hair is used as a robust sample for drug and alcohol testing. Due to the way it grows and the way drugs and alcohol are absorbed into the hair, it can provide a wide range of information about the drug and alcohol consumption history of an individual. Unlike drug testing in head... Read More

13th November 2020
What is a cut-off level and how do DNA Legal use them in their expert reports

What is a cut-off level and how do DNA Legal use them in their expert reports

What is a cut-off level?  Cut off levels are useful tools for the understanding of drug results. This is because the cut off levels can minimise the chances of false positive results. False positive results can occur from external contamination due to environmental exposure, such as... Read More

9th November 2020
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Is it legal to refuse a paternity test?

Paternity

When it comes to raising a child in the UK, the financial responsibilities lay on both of the parents. With relationships ending and divorces taking place, it is increasingly common for a single parent to raise the child, with the other parent paying child maintenance and getting regular custody.... Read More

23rd October 2020
A Guide on Pre-Employment Drug Testing

A Guide on Pre-Employment Drug Testing

Pre-employment drug testing takes place when potential new employees are requested to provide a urine, saliva, or hair sample for a drug (or alcohol) analysis before being offered the job. The test may occur as early as the interview stage, however, it’s more likely to come at a later stage in the... Read More

29th September 2020
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Forensic DNA & Drug Testing: How it works

We’ve seen it on our favourite crime scene investigation TV shows and we’ve heard it solve age-old crime mysteries in the news, but the reality of forensic DNA and drug testing is slightly less dramatic than Hollywood makes out. The real-world applications of forensics and drug testing are numerous... Read More

8th September 2020
CBD & Drug Testing: Your Questions Answered

CBD & Drug Testing: Your Questions Answered

Drug Testing

Over the last few years, CBD has skyrocketed in popularity. This chemical compound from the cannabis sativa plant is commonly used for pain relief and relaxation despite a growing number of side effects. With CBD being deemed legal in the UK, drug testing has had to adapt and the workplace has had... Read More

18th August 2020

Immigration DNA Testing for a British Passport: how it works

Immigration

Welcome. In this piece, we are going to cover the main areas and key questions regarding Immigration DNA testing for a British passport.  This topic can be a very sensitive and timely issue for those who are experiencing immigration issues and may be separated from family members by... Read More

3rd August 2020
Understanding your DNA results

Understanding your DNA results

DNA

How to choose an approved DNA Testing Company When choosing an approved DNA Testing company it is important to be looked after throughout the process, right through to the end result. Questionably the most important aspect is being able to understand your results when the testing is complete. At... Read More

22nd May 2020
The benefits of a drug-free workplace policy

The benefits of a drug-free workplace policy

Drug Testing

The modern workplace is a more delicate environment than ever before. High labour turnovers, more detailed insurance policies, and office politics can all create a sense that businesses have to work harder to create a successful balance. One way of keeping the workplace functioning effectively is... Read More

18th March 2020
Society of Hair Testing - The 2020 Drug of Abuse Consensus and recommendations

Society of Hair Testing - The 2020 Drug of Abuse Consensus and recommendations

The Society of Hair Testing (SoHT) had a consensus meeting on the 7th and 8th February 2020 in Seville, Spain to discuss the current drug testing and interpretation guidelines. The SoHT has established new guidelines for the interpretation of drug of abuse results, as well as securing and... Read More

24th February 2020

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