Local Authority Testing Services

  • Fastest turnaround times of any UK laboratory
  • UKAS-accredited and court-approved testing
  • Dedicated account manager meaning one point of contact throughout the whole process
  • Full guidance and recommendations on the correct testing requirements for you
  • Guaranteed sample collection by a company collector within 48 hours of instruction
  • Additional drug detection service: we can tell you if we find other drugs in our hair samples that have not been disclosed by the sample donor should you require this service
  • SAME DAY DNA testing! We can offer DNA results the same day we receive your samples
  • Instant quote: get an immediate quote with our easy-to-complete forms
  • Clear, easy-to-read reports with an expert opinion of the interpretation
  • Free sample collection at any of our nationwide Walk in Centres. We have nine Walk in Centres, some of which are open 5 days a week and no appointment is required. Just turn up
  • No admin fees for split invoicing

“You provide a very fast and effective service we now count on daily”
Jane Parr – Social Services – London

We work with 356 local authorities

and thousands of solicitors to help save money and time

Local authority testing services

AlphaBiolabs is accredited by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) and is specialised in providing legally-approved DNA, drug and alcohol testing services to local authorities, social workers and councils throughout the UK.

We work to your tight deadlines to bring you the fastest, most accurate results every time.

Price Match Promise

We will match any
like for like quote
and beat it by 5%

  • Our drug and alcohol testing services are approved for use in UK Courts of Law so you can be confident that we will provide you with the results you need
  • Our fully confidential DNA test results are accepted by Family Law Courts, the Ministry of Justice and the Child Support Agency
  • Next day Legal DNA testing is provided as standard
  • Guaranteed sample collection within 48 hours of instructing a test
  • Samples can be collected anywhere you wish, or for free at one of our Walk in Centres across the UK
  • All testing is done in-house at our Warrington laboratory: we do not ship our samples abroad or to other laboratories
  • Guaranteed lowest prices in the Industry
  • Combining our next day Legal DNA test with sample collection at a Walk in Centre maximises cost-effectiveness and helps save you more money
  • A dedicated account manager and one point of contact will keep you informed throughout the process

We care because you do

We know that child protection and welfare issues are an absolute priority. If a child is at risk of significant harm then they need to be made safe. The decisions you make will be life-changing, affecting the children’s future and the outcome of the family unit. We can help you make the right choices by giving you expert advice and accurate results whether requesting a DNA test or assessing a parent’s drug and/or alcohol use. Our test results have been used by courts for over 10 years so we are confident we can guide you through the childcare proceedings.

We also understand that your time is precious. We aim to lessen your caseload by providing you with your own personal account manager so you will only have one point of contact throughout the whole process. Your proactive account manager will keep you up to date with any information regarding your case, and will ensure your deadlines are met.

We can save you time and money:

  • Instant quote forms to easily and quickly obtain a quotation
  • Sample collection from a convenient place or free at Walk in Centres across the UK
  • The fastest, most accurate testing from our award-winning, accredited laboratory
  • Next day DNA testing
  • An easy-to-understand toxicology report within 3 working days
  • No extra charge for split invoicing
  • Guaranteed lowest prices in the industry (we will beat any like for like prices you have been given by another provider)

Local authority drug testing services

Accurate and quickest drug testing services

AlphaBiolabs has over 10 years’ experience in hair strand drug testing. We employ some of Europe’s foremost toxicology experts in our dedicated state-of-the-art laboratory, so you can be 100% sure of our drug test results.

Our tests are routinely performed using either scalp (head) or body hair samples. We can determine drug use over a period of months, show if your client has refrained from taking drugs, and if they have started taking drugs again. As an additional service, we can tell you if we find other drugs in hair samples that have not been disclosed by the sample donor should you require this service.

The hair drug testing process is made up of five steps: sample collection, sample decontamination, drug extraction, simultaneous drug screening, identification and quantitation using high performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC/MS/MS). As all samples are tested at our UK-based laboratory, we can be confident of offering the fastest results.

Local authority alcohol testing services

AlphaBiolabs offers a full alcohol testing service ranging from breath point-of-care tests, blood analysis, 3 or 6-month analyses (hair) to show alcohol consumption over a period of time, and now continuous results using an innovative alcohol monitoring bracelet.

The two key methods of testing for alcohol abuse used by local authorities involve either hair or blood samples. AlphaBiolabs follows the consensus on hair alcohol testing for chronic excessive alcohol consumption published by the Society of Hair Testing (June 2009). Blood tests are used to assess liver function and carbohydrate deficient transferrin (CDT) analysis.

Continuous around-the-clock alcohol monitoring is also available via SCRAM CAM®. By wearing an innovative alcohol-monitoring bracelet, the drinking of alcohol can be detected in real-time.

Local authority DNA testing services

Alphabiolabs’ DNA testing services have helped in thousands of child protection and immigration cases. Our services are fully confidential and provide court-approved results that are accepted by Family Law Courts, the Ministry of Justice and the Child Support Agency.

We have also improved the speed of our legal DNA testing to an unbeatable next day service, making this the fastest legal DNA testing as standard in the world. This allows you more time to make those crucial decisions about the future of your wards. This express service has won AlphaBiolabs the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation (2016) and is offered at no additional cost.

Easy-to-understand reports

Our Statement of Witness reports are clear, concise and won’t baffle you with science. They work within the framework of Family Law and follow Part 25 of the Family Procedure Rules (2010). They include all the details of the examinations performed, the results in full and a conclusion based on the evidence.

To save you time deciphering the content, our Chief Reporting Scientist also provides their expert opinion where they interpret the results. Together with the other available evidence, our reports will be invaluable in helping you determine the outcome for your case.

Flexible sample collection service

We have a UK-wide dedicated sample collection service* that is available to take your client’s samples at a time convenient to you and at a place of your choosing, guaranteed within 48 hours of instruction. This could be your client’s home, workplace or even your offices if you require. All of our collections follow a strict chain of custody and samples are taken by fully qualified sample collectors. This ensures your case will not be delayed due to an incorrect procedure.

We also offer legal testing at our free Walk in Centres. No appointment is required and samples are collected for free. Simply register your case at one of our Walk in Centres (by calling 0333 600 1300) and your client can attend at a time that is convenient to them (subject to opening days and times). Using one of these centres could also save you up to £150 on your legal testing, or even more when combined with our Price Match Promise.

Our free sample collection centres are open in the following locations:

Manchester Preston
North London Warrington
South London Leeds
Liverpool Newcastle Upon Tyne


Chain of custody ensured

Chain of custody is crucial to provide court-approved results that can be used for legal reasons. All of our sample collectors are fully trained and maintain chain of custody throughout the process. They follow strict guidelines and their procedures include checking identification and providing proof that the sample collection took place (such as photos of sample donors) to ensure that the intended individual provided the sample.

*Our sample collection service is not included in our scope of accreditation.

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Approved testing services

We have supported thousands of local authorities in the UK with their drug, alcohol and DNA testing over the years and we are considered to be the fastest, most accurate testing laboratory in the UK.

We go to great lengths to ensure that our testing processes are the best available, which is why you can be sure if you take any test with AlphaBiolabs you will receive the fastest, most accurate testing service available.

UK-wide sample collection

We have a UK-wide network of sample collectors available to take your client’s samples and are able to collect samples from our bespoke Walk in Centres or from an address of your choice. We also regularly work with doctors who may be able to collect your client’s samples for a small fee.

If you are representing a local authority and require a test for a client please call 0333 600 1300 for our latest offers.

Ministry of Justice approved testing

Our entry on the Ministry of Justice list can be checked here so you can be sure that you’re getting the most accurate and accredited testing available.

We are a UKAS-accredited testing laboratory (No. 2773), to the quality technical standard of ISO 17025, and are certified to ISO 9001.

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Our testing methods

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Oral fluid drug testing

Oral fluid drug testing is a method that can be used to determine whether someone is misusing drugs by taking a sample of their saliva and analysing it for particular substances.

An immediate negative result may mean that no further action needs to be taken, but a non-negative result will then undergo confirmation testing from the laboratory to determine exactly what substance was taken and in what quantities.

Oral fluid drug testing is known as a ‘narrow window’ form of testing as its period of detection is up to 48 hours, although this can depend on the particular substance taken.

Urine drug testing

Urine drug testing is used to determine whether someone is misusing drugs by taking a sample of their urine and analysing it for particular substances.

This form of testing can be particularly useful for on-site / point of care testing as an immediate negative result will usually mean that no further action is necessary. A non-negative result may require confirmation testing from the laboratory in order to determine exactly what substance was taken and in what quantities.

This form of drug testing has been established for many years and has an abundance of scientific evidence to support its accuracy when all the relevant procedures are followed.

Urine drug testing is known as a ‘narrow-window’ form of testing and the usual period of detection is up to 4 days, although this can depend on the particular substance taken.

Hair drug testing

Hair drug testing is an extremely useful form of testing and can be used to support other methods such as oral fluid and urine testing.

It can be particularly useful for a more comprehensive overview of a person’s drug use as it is known as a ‘wide window’ form of testing, which can determine a history of drug intake for up to 12 months.

Breath alcohol testing

The person being tested for alcohol use blows into a breath alcohol device, and the results are given as a number. The number, known as the breath alcohol concentration (BAC), shows the level of alcohol in the breath at the time the test was taken. It does not measure past use of alcohol.

We have a number of devices we can use for breath alcohol testing dependent on your individual needs.

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Blood alcohol testing

We recommend a blood test to detect alcohol biomarkers in conjunction with clinical assessment to gain a greater insight into an individual’s alcohol use.

Blood alcohol tests are made up of a liver function test and a carbohydrate deficient transferrin test. One test looks at the functionality of the liver, the same way a medical professional would. The other test gives a 4-week window of detection period and is a very good indicator if someone is drinking alcohol to chronic and excessive levels.

SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring®

SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® (SCRAM CAM®) is an innovative way of testing a participant’s alcohol consumption over a defined period of time. The tamper-proof SCRAM CAM® bracelet is worn on the ankle for between 1 and 120 days. Because of its transdermal method of detection (through the skin) every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, the non-invasive bracelet provides a comprehensive profile of a participant’s drinking activities throughout the entire day and night.

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Free UK Sample Collection

AlphaBiolabs has gone to great lengths to create a full UK network of qualified Sample Collectors who are able to take your client’s legally admissible DNA, drug and alcohol samples.

Using one of these centres could save you up to £165 on your testing or even more when combined with our Price Match Promise.

When it’s really important that the results are fast and correct I use AlphaBiolabs Meg Ryan

Family Protection Officer, Local Authority

Fast, Easy to use and always the lowest quote. Connor Mcloud

Social Worker, Local Authority

I used to use another lab for the testing, but AlphaBiolabs makes the whole process easy. Sally Morehouse

Social worker, Local Authority

AlphaBiolabs have gone above and beyond what was expected in a high profile case. Richard Townsend

Social Worker, Local Authority