Safer drug testing in the pandemic

Coronavirus is causing organisations across the world to rethink many of their core operational processes, and that’s particularly the case with drug testing where traditional methods that require bodily fluid samples present challenges due to their biohazardous nature.

Fingerprint-based testing directly addresses these concerns, providing the ability for hygienic testing that can be carried out while still respecting social distancing guidelines.

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Minimizing risk

Unlike traditional drug testing methods involving oral fluid or urine samples, our convenient fingerprint-based drug testing method directly addresses hygiene and social distancing concerns, ensuring that:

  • Users can self-administer their own fingerprint sample collection, allowing them to keep at least 2m away from the tester
  • Sample collection takes just one minute and results are available in 10 minutes, removing the need for prolonged proximity during testing
  • Fingerprint collection is both non-invasive and hygienic – with no need for oral swabs or urine sample collection, removing the need for close face-to-face contact or handling of biohazardous body fluids
  • There’s no need for the test administrator to collect an oral swab from the mouth, so people taking a fingerprint-based drug test can wear a face mask throughout the process
Controlling costs

The Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Testing System is portable and simple to use, so organizations can run their testing program themselves in a safe and convenient location, removing the additional risk of bringing external testing providers on-site and eliminating the high costs incurred when using third-party collection services.

Please note: in the USA our system is available for forensic use only.

Socially distant drug testing – how it works

Fingerprint-based drug testing is really simple, easy to operate and hygienic to use. The test supervisor and the person being tested can remain socially distant at all times.

All the user has to do is take the fingerprint drug screening cartridge from its sealed-foil wrapper, press all ten fingerprints in succession onto the sample pad, and then slide the tamper-evident locking cover across to protect the sample from any interference.

The user then steps away to allow the tester to collect the cartridge and insert it into Intelligent Fingerprinting’s DSR-Plus mobile reader. Results are available in 10 minutes.

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Case Study

One organisation that has already recognised the benefits of fingerprint drug tests as a way to maintain testing, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, is Change Grow Live, the UK’s leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment services.

Change Grow Live was determined to evolve its approach in order to maintain service provision, and sees the Intelligent Fingerprinting system as an ideal way of reducing the risk of infection for its vulnerable service users through social distancing, while also protecting colleagues across the country. Click the link below for the full case study.

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FAQs
  • How suitable is your drug testing system for use during the pandemic?

    Our fingerprint-based system offers a safe, simple approach to drug testing that’s quick, hygienic and enables social distancing during use.

    Face coverings can remain in place throughout testing and there’s no need for close contact or handling of biohazardous body fluids such as saliva or urine samples.  Fully portable, our system eliminates the need to call in external drug testers, helping you to lower infection risk and stay in control of costs by bringing testing in-house.

    To learn more about how fingerprint drug testing could support your business at this challenging time, click here or book an online demo today.  Please note that in the USA, our system is available for forensic use only.

  • Do you offer a COVID-19/Coronavirus test?

    At present, our product range is focused on drugs of abuse testing. However, our R&D team is currently working on a project to develop a point-of-care antigen test for Coronavirus infection detection, with support from researchers at Imperial College London.  Project updates will be provided on our website and via the media.

  • 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.

  • Which drugs does it detect?

    We currently offer two versions of our fingerprint drug test cartridge and each of these screens for multiple drug groups simultaneously:

    • DSC 5-Plus screens for opiates, methamphetamine, cocaine and cannabis
    • DSC 8-Plus screens for opiates, methadone, benzodiazepines and buprenorphine

    The DSR-Plus portable reader 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 less than a minute. Analysis of the Cartridge using the DSR-Plus portable reader takes only a few minutes.

  • How do I contact your Technical Support team?

    Please Contact Us and our technical support team will be happy to assist.

  • How much does it cost?

    To ensure you receive accurate pricing information and expert advice, we need to know a little about your drug testing requirements. We will then provide costings specifically tailored to your organisation’s needs. Please contact us for a no-obligation quote.

  • 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. Please note that in the USA, the system is currently available for forensic use only.

  • 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
    • Award-winning:  Winners of the UK’s 2018 National SME Business Award for Innovation

    Please note that in the USA, the system is currently available for forensic use only.

  • 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 (metabolizes) drugs.

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

    Find out more in Technology.

  • 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 DSR-Plus – 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.

  • 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 the DSR-Plus reader indicates a positive result, it is known as a ‘presumptive positive’.

  • What does a positive screening result mean?

    The Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening Cartridge and DSR-Plus provide a presumptive result only. This means that when the DSR-Plus 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.

  • 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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