Drug testing within prisons is essential to support a wide range of activities, from mandatory drug screening to the assessment of prisoners on arrival for addiction support and prescribing services, as well as voluntary testing that underpins schemes for drug-free wings.

Thanks to its portability and non-invasive approach, Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Drug Screening System provides a hygienic and convenient point-of-care drug test that can be easily implemented to support random or unannounced testing.

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The UK Government’s Prison Safety and Reform White Paper (November 2016) includes recommendations to address drug misuse within prisons, with a particular focus on supporting governors to enable drug testing on entry and exit while also increasing the frequency of drug testing. New drug screening methods – such as Intelligent Fingerprinting’s revolutionary drug screening system – could be beneficial in supporting the Government’s proposed reforms, particularly if they reduce the amount of time prison staff have to spend in sample preparation and collection.

To handle the drug testing process effectively, prison services require access to rapid point-of-care drug screening tests that can be deployed at short notice to provide drug use intelligence. The Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System’s portability, non-invasive testing approach and its ability to deliver rapid, reliable results make it an ideal solution for drug testing within prisons.

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  • How does the Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System work?

    The system screens for drug use by analysing chemicals (known as metabolites) contained in the minute traces of eccrine sweat found in a fingerprint. The presence of drug metabolites in someone’s fingerprint sweat indicates drug use by that individual. Note: Drug metabolites are produced by the body as a result of normal metabolic processes and can be analysed to identify the drug substances a person may have ingested, inhaled or injected.

  • Why should I switch to the Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System?

    In short, for speed and convenience. Our portable fingerprint-based drug test is quick and easy to perform any time, in a variety of locations. In comparison with traditional testing procedures involving saliva or urine, fingerprint sample collection is dignified and hygienic and it takes just 5 seconds to deposit a fingerprint onto our disposable screening cartridge. The test can be administered by non-medical, non-gender-specific staff and there is no need for specialist collection facilities or clinical waste disposal for used cartridges.

  • How easy is it to use?

    The system is simple and convenient to use, with no need for specialist staff or specially prepared collection areas. The fingerprint sample is collected onto the Intelligent Fingerprinting Cartridge. The Cartridge is analysed using the portable Intelligent Fingerprinting Reader 1000 (which is battery-powered or can be plugged into the mains), touchscreen-operated and fully automated. Within ten minutes the screen displays a simple negative or positive result against pre-determined thresholds for each drug in the test used.

  • Which drugs does it detect?

    The Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System currently detects four commonly abused drug groups: amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and opiates.

  • How reliable is fingerprint drug screening?

    Intelligent Fingerprinting uses immunoassay chemistry as part of its fingerprint drug detection system. Immunoassay tests are routinely used for drug screening applications and the Intelligent Fingerprinting system mirrors these in terms of overall reliability and accuracy.

  • How quick is the test?

    The Intelligent Fingerprinting Reader 1000 screens the fingerprint sample for multiple drugs of abuse in under 10 minutes.

  • When will the Drug Screening System be available?

    Our system is undergoing end stage validation within customer trials and will be available soon. Please contact us for details.

  • How much will it cost?

    The Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System will be competitively priced to align with market expectations and individual customer requirements.  Please contact us for a quotation.

  • Do you have regulatory approval?

    Intelligent Fingerprinting has ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certification. These certificates are available to download here. FDA registration will follow from attainment of regulatory approvals for the US market. Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Quality System compliance is designed to allow an application for this endorsement.

  • Do you have FDA approval?

    Intelligent Fingerprinting has held initial meetings with the FDA regarding approval. We are currently preparing the product for submission regarding FDA regulatory approvals.

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