Intelligent Fingerprinting announces UK distribution agreement with SureScreen to accelerate use of fingerprint-based drug testing within the workplace
SureScreen Diagnostics, a leading provider of Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing services, has been appointed as a UK distributor for the revolutionary Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System. SureScreen Diagnostics will add fingerprint drug testing to its existing portfolio of urine and saliva-based products and will focus its sales efforts particularly on safety-critical sectors that carry out routine workplace drug testing.
The Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System offers a non-invasive method of screening for drugs and works by analyzing sweat from a fingerprint to determine if an individual has recently used cocaine, opiates, amphetamines or cannabis. Sample collection takes only five seconds, with simultaneous screening results for all four drug groups provided in just eight minutes. The system is currently available for forensic use only in the USA.
“At SureScreen Diagnostics we’re seeing an increased requirement for a wide range of workplace drug testing formats. Fingerprint testing, with its non-invasive nature and hygiene advantages, provides exactly the kind of flexibility and ease-of-use that will make testing simpler for employers, while also proving dignified for those being tested,” said David Campbell, SureScreen Diagnostics’ Director. “Having worked closely with Intelligent Fingerprinting, we’re confident that fingerprint-based employee drug testing offers a true end-to-end solution for employers, from initial screening through to the collection of further samples for laboratory confirmation, if needed.
“We see the technology as being complementary to existing drug testing methods, and will market the Intelligent Fingerprinting drug testing solution for a range of workplace drug testing scenarios, such as random drug tests and post-accident investigations,” continued David.
“With over 20 years’ in-depth experience, SureScreen Diagnostics understands not only the factors driving the increased requirement for workplace drug testing but also the barriers that can make it challenging,” added Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Walker. “We’re delighted that SureScreen Diagnostics recognizes the advantages that our fingertip-based test can bring to employee drug testing, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
Fingerprint drug testing – how it works
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s end-to-end drug testing solution features a single-use, tamper-evident drug screening cartridge that takes just five seconds to collect a sweat sample. The Intelligent Fingerprinting portable analysis unit then reads the cartridge and provides a positive or negative result on-screen for cocaine, opiates, cannabis and amphetamines in under ten minutes.
Should an employee’s initial screen prove positive for any of the drugs tested – in contravention of a firm’s drug policy – two further samples for confirmation are gathered using the Intelligent Fingerprinting Fingerprint Collection Kit for Laboratory Analysis. Once the confirmatory samples have been collected, the Fingerprint Collection Cartridges are sent in a tamper-evident security bag for analysis.
The following introductory video demonstrates fingerprint drug testing in action:
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About SureScreen Diagnostics
SureScreen is an award-winning UK business providing quality rapid diagnostic products to customers across the globe. The company believes that early, accurate diagnosis is better than waiting for problems to arise, and that a proactive drug screening approach greatly benefits people’s health, identifies issues early in their development, prevents accidents from happening and has a positive effect on performance, productivity and reputation. For over 20 years the company has been supplying quality rapid diagnostics to a dynamic market that requires an innovative approach and has a mission to provide the best quality diagnostic products that meet and exceed customer’s expectations at a fair price. www.surescreen.com
About Intelligent Fingerprinting
Launched in the UK in August 2017, Intelligent Fingerprinting’s portable Drug Screening System works by analyzing the sweat from a fingerprint sample. It is non-invasive, fast and cost-effective – screening for multiple drug groups simultaneously (currently amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and opiates) with sample collection taking 5 seconds and results in minutes. A laboratory confirmation service is also available. The system is currently available for forensic use only in the USA.
In the UK, the system is currently being marketed to the criminal justice arena, drug rehabilitation services, offender management, workplace and occupational health services. The technique has potential for many other uses including healthcare diagnostics and homeland security applications.
Founded in 2007, Intelligent Fingerprinting is a spin-out company from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The company is based in Cambridge, England and currently employs around 30 people. www.intelligentfingerprinting.com Twitter @iFingerprinting