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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Benefits

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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  • How does the Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System work?

    Our fingerprint drug test 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.  Find out more in our Technology section.

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

    In short, for speed and convenience. Our portable fingerprint drug test is quick and easy to perform any time, in a variety of locations. In comparison with traditional screening 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 Drug Screening Cartridge, with results in under 10 minutes. 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?

    Fingerprint-based drug testing is simple and hygienic to administer, while sample collection is dignified and non-invasive for those being tested.  

    Here’s how it works: 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 and is touchscreen-operated). Within ten minutes the Reader 1000 provides a negative or positive result for each drug in the test, against pre-determined thresholds.   Our video shows how easy it is to use the system:

  • 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?

    It takes just 5 seconds to collect a fingerprint sample onto the Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening Cartridge and the Intelligent Fingerprinting Reader 1000 screens the sample for multiple drugs of abuse in under 10 minutes.

  • Is your Drug Screening System available to order?

    Our Drug Screening System has completed customer trials and validation and is now available to order.  Please contact us for details.

  • 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.

  • Do you have regulatory approval?

    Intelligent Fingerprinting has ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certification.  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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