Coroners

Intelligent Fingerprinting’s non-invasive Drug Screening System provides a fast and convenient way for coroners to screen for recent drug use as soon as a body arrives at the mortuary. The new approach could save coroners’ time and resources by providing early intelligence on cause of death, helping to prioritise when a full post mortem is needed and potentially enabling earlier release of the deceased back to their families.

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Toxicology tests to provide evidence of recent drug use supply important information which enables coroners and their staff to investigate cause of death. Conventional toxicology tests usually require collection of invasive body fluid samples from the deceased and laboratory analysis that can be time consuming and costly. Intelligent Fingerprinting’s non-invasive Drug Screening System provides a fast and convenient way for coroners to screen for recent drug use that can be carried out immediately on arrival of the deceased at the mortuary.

By providing early intelligence on cause of death, Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Drug Screening System could help coroners to determine if further investigation is required, or may enable them to release the deceased to their families sooner.

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  • Where can I buy your products?

    Our products are available to order directly from Intelligent Fingerprinting and various distributors worldwide.
    For further information please contact us.

  • How much does it cost?

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

  • What makes Intelligent Fingerprinting unique in the market?

    Intelligent Fingerprinting has developed the world’s first portable, fingerprint-based drug testing system, which provides a quick and easy, non-invasive and dignified alternative to traditional point-of-care drug testing.

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

    Reasons to choose fingerprint drug testing include:

    • Speed: Fingerprint sample collection takes seconds, with screening results delivered in minutes
    • Convenience: The system is portable and fingerprint testing is quick, hygienic and easy to perform at any time, in almost any location
    • Dignified: Fingerprint drug testing is dignified for both the tester and the client
    • Hygienic: Fingerprint sample collection is non-invasive and non-biohazardous
    • Cost-effective: There’s no need for specialist same-gender collectors, specially prepared collection facilities or clinical waste disposal for used cartridges
    • End-to-end approach: A fingerprint-based laboratory confirmation service is available
    • Award-winning:  Winners of the UK’s 2018 National SME Business Award for Innovation
  • How does the Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System work?

    Our fingerprint drug test works by detecting target drugs and drug metabolites contained within the tiny traces of sweat in fingerprints. Drug metabolites are substances produced by the body when it processes (metabolises) drugs.

    It takes less than a minute to collect the fingerprint sweat sample onto a small, tamper-evident cartridge. The cartridge is then analysed by the portable Reader 1000 to provide a screening result for each drug group in the test in minutes.

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  • How easy is it to use?

    Fingerprint-based drug screening is quick, hygienic and simple.  Fingerprint sample collection takes seconds and is non-invasive and dignified.

    The portable Reader 1000 – which is used to read the Drug Screening Cartridge – is operated via a touchscreen and features simple visual prompts. On-screen results are available in minutes and can be printed via the label printer accessory. Customer training is available on request.

  • Which drugs does it detect?

    Our 4-panel Drug Screening Cartridge (DSC-5) detects cannabis, cocaine, opiates, and methamphetamines.  Other test panels are in development.

    The Reader 1000 provides a presumptive positive or negative screening result for each drug group in the test.

  • How quick is the test?

    Collection of the fingerprint samples onto the Drug Screening Cartridge takes seconds. Analysis of the Cartridge using the Reader 1000 takes only a few minutes.

  • How reliable is fingerprint drug screening?

    The accuracy of Intelligent Fingerprinting drug screening tests is comparable to other point-of-care drug screening tests such as those using urine and oral fluid samples. Our UKAS-accredited drug screening cartridges provide an initial screening result. This means that when our screening system indicates a positive result, this is known as a ‘presumptive positive’. For an unequivocal test result, further fingerprint samples are collected for a fingerprint-based laboratory test, ‘Confirmatory Analysis’, to confirm the test results.

  • What does it mean if the Reader 1000 gives a positive result?

    The Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening Cartridge and Reader 1000 provide a presumptive result only. This means that when the Reader 1000 provides a positive screening result, it cannot be automatically assumed that the person tested has taken the drug(s) indicated. In circumstances where a positive screening result is obtained and an evidential result is required, the customer will need to verify the result using our fingerprint-based laboratory Confirmatory Analysis service.

  • Do you offer a confirmation service?

    Yes, via our accredited partner laboratories using our Fingerprint Collection Kit For Laboratory Analysis. Please contact us for more details.

  • Which regulatory approvals do you have?

    Research & Development, Manufacturing Facilities and Operations for our drug screening products meet stringent validation criteria which comply with ISO 13485 standard for In Vitro Diagnostic Devices and Medical Devices in addition to ISO 9001:2015.

    We have regulatory oversight of our sub-contracted reference laboratories where our methodology has gained accreditation with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), who ensure that the laboratory operates in accordance with the ISO 17025 standard.

  • Do you have FDA approval?

    We are in dialogue with the FDA and are currently preparing the products for submission for FDA 510(k) approval. Our Confirmation Test Cartridge is a registered FDA medical product, and our production site in the UK is FDA registered.

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