Offender Management

Drug testing is essential to support a wide range of offender management activities, from mandatory drug screening to the assessment of offenders 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.

In the UK, we are working with Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service to trial fingerprint drug screening within probation services.

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?

    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 within 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?

    Our drug tests have been fully validated in line with the requirements of BSI ISO 13485 Medical Devices standard.  This internationally recognised standard sets strict rules for validation of our products and our manufacturing processes, in addition to Quality Control release of each product.  Product accuracy, precision and reliability are comprehensively evaluated and presented within performance information.

  • 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 within 10 minutes.

  • Is your Drug Screening System available to order?

    Yes!  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.

  • Which regulatory approvals do you have?

    The design, development and manufacture of our products are fully compliant with our ISO 9001:2015 certification and our ISO 13485:2016 certification status for the manufacture of medical devices (renewed June 2017).

    We are an FDA registered company and our procedures operate with associated compliance to FDA requirements. Further FDA product registration is being pursued for additional US markets.

  • 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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