Cansford Labs - Pioneering drug and alcohol testing

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Cansford Labs - Pioneering drug and alcohol testing

About Cansford Laboratories

Award-Winning, Pioneering and Trusted. We offer accredited drug and alcohol testing services as a UK-based laboratory that you can trust, at a speed others can’t match.

Cansford Laboratories offers the UK’s fastest, highest quality drug and alcohol testing service – making breakthrough scientific support accessible to everyone


Our team pioneered hair testing over 30 years ago – and so we’ve been dedicating our careers ever since to improving and expanding the possibilities of drug and alcohol testing.

Cansford’s founders John Wicks (CEO) and Dr Lolita Tsanaclis were the first scientists to introduce hair testing to the UK – and ever since then, our methods have been copied and used by laboratories across the globe.

From our bespoke, modern and bright laboratory in Cardiff, we offer a UK-wide testing service for individuals and organisations in family law, social care, criminal law, education and the workplace – focused on delivering exceptional care, quality, and upholding our record as the UK’s fastest drug and alcohol-testing laboratory.


Cansford is continually engaged in research to improve our test methods – publishing our findings and hosting international conferences for the test communities.

These improvements are passed onto our customers, who receive the highest standards of expert scientific support. This commitment to quality is captured in our ISO 17025 accreditation, which covers our entire laboratory test portfolio.


Every element of our laboratory and collections service is built around the needs of our customers. At every step of your case, you’ll be supported by a dedicated point of contact, who will help you choose the right test for your circumstances, answer your questions, and provide instant access to our scientific team, from Monday to Friday.

We also provide a flexible collections service UK-wide – with our team of 50 collectors trained to make sample collections as quick, convenient and comfortable as possible. We know how important testing is – which is why we do everything in our power to make the process clear, simple and stress-free.

A Cansford scientist is using tweezers to separate a stand of hair ready for drug testing

What do our clients say about our testing?


"Thank you for your magnificent and prompt service, you delivered on time and was very professional. I will definitely recommend your service to my colleagues."

Social Worker - London

"Thank you – very pleased with the speed of the results. Had issues with other companies with delays so will definitely be using Cansford again in the future"

Solicitor - London

"Great service as always. I always find your quick and efficient in responding to enquiries and it is so helpful to receive the results expeditiously."

Solicitor - West Sussex

"You and your team were all very friendly helpful and efficient. I got my results in good time. I would definitely recommend you."

Adam - Birmingham

  How many clients have we worked with? More than….

Partners Worldwide

Organisations with thousands of employees

Family solicitors in the UK

Individuals UK wide

What do we offer?

Drug and alcohol testing – via laboratory and point-of-care methods
DNA testing – for individual and institutional customers
Expert witness support – for using test results in court

Drug & alcohol testing

Speed, service and accuracy in hair, blood, nail and oral fluid testing

DNA testing

Proving paternal, maternal and sibling relationships via oral fluid testing

Drug & alcohol testing

Speed, service and accuracy in hair
nail and oral fluid testing