CANSFORD LABS

Accreditations from an award-winning laboratory

Reliable, respected and leaders in our field.

Cansford conforms to the highest UKAS and ISO-accreditations for our drug and alcohol testing while investing in and advocating for better industry standards

ABOUT OUR TESTING

What laboratory accreditation
should you look for?

Laboratories can claim to be accredited by a range of bodies, but some certifications are more relevant than others.

The ISO 17025 standard that Cansford Laboratories’ test processes meet is the most appropriate for UK drug and alcohol testing laboratories, and is awarded by the Government certification body, UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service).

It’s important to note, however, that ISO 17025 is awarded on a substance-by-substance basis. As such, a laboratory can claim ISO 17025 accreditation for their test processes, even for only one substance that it tests for.

When choosing your laboratory, use the UKAS schedule search tool to check that the company is accredited to test for a wide range of substances, including your target substance and the relevant metabolite.

Cansford Laboratories is accredited to ISO 17025 standard for testing for the following drug groups and metabolites:

Analytes in hair analysis for Confirmation and Quantitation

Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG)

Fatty Acid Ethyl Ester (FAEE)
Ethyl Myristate
Ethyl Oleate
Ethyl Stearate
Ethyl Palmitate

Cocaine group
Benzoylecgonine
Cocaine
Cocaethylene
Norcocaine

Opiates group
6-Acetylmorphine
Codeine
Dihydrocodeine
Morphine
Heroin

Methadone group
Methadone
EDDP

Tramadol group
Tramadol
Desmethyl Tramadol

Amphetamine group
Amphetamine

Benzodiazepines group
Diazepam
Nordiazepam
Lorazepam
Nitrazepam
Oxazepam
Temazepam

Cannabiniods group
Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Cannabinol
Cannabidiol
11-Nor-delta9-THC-9 Carboxylic Acid (THC-COOH)

Mephedrone group
Mephedrone

Methamphetamine Group
MethamphetamineMDMA (Methylenedioxymethylamphetamine)
MDA (Methylenedioxyamphetamine)
MDEA (Methylenedioxyethlamphetamine)
MBDB (Methylenedioxphenyl-2-butanamine)

Ketamine Group
Ketamine
Nor-Ketamine

Analytes in oral fluid analysis for Confirmation and Quantitation

Amphetamine group
Amphetamine
MDMA (Methylenedioxymethylamphetamine)
MDA (Methylenedioxyamphetamine)
MDEA (Methylenedioxyethlamphetamine)
MBDB (Methylenedioxphenyl-2-butanamine)

Benzodiazepine Group
Alprazolam
Diazepam
Nordiazepam
Clonazepam

Midazolam
Nitrazepam
Temazepam

Cannabinoids Group
delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Cannabinol
Cannabidiol

Cocaine Group
AEME
Benzoylecgonine
Cocaethylene
Cocaine
Norcocaine

Ketamine Group
Ketamine
Norketamine

Mephedrone(15ng/ml)

Methadone Group
Methadone
EDDP

Methamphetamine/ecstasy

Opiates Group
6-acetylmorphine
6-acetylcodeine
Codeine
Dihydrocodeine
Diacetylmorphine (Heroin)
Morphine

Tramadol group
Tramadol
O-Desmethyltramadol

Analytes in dried blood spot analysis for Confirmation and Quantitation

PEth 16:0/18:1

Our accreditation and performance

ISO 17025

ISO 17025 addresses a laboratory’s ability to produce precise, accurate and reliable results. Laboratories are re-examined annually to assess:

The technical competency of staff;

The validity of their methods;

Traceability of measurements and calibrations to national standards;

Appropriate application of measurement uncertainty at cut-off levels;

Suitability, calibration and maintenance of test equipment;

Quality assurance of test, inspection or calibration data;

Customer service;

Adherence to continuous internal auditing, and;

Successful participation in Proficiency Testing

ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14001:2015 is in place to ensure our business operations:

Protect the environment by preventing or mitigating adverse environmental impacts

Mitigate the potential adverse effect of environmental conditions on our organisation

Fulfil compliance obligations

Enhance environmental performance

Control/influence the way our products and services are designed, manufactured, distributed, consumed and disposed by using a life cycle perspective that can prevent environmental impacts from being unintentionally shifted elsewhere within the life cycle

Achieve financial and operational benefits that can result from implementing environmentally sound alternatives that strengthen our market position

Communicate our environmental information to relevant interested parties

ISO 9001

ISO9001 is the internationally recognised standard for Quality Management. This new accreditation stands alone from ISO17025 (Laboratory) although 17025 does incorporate a lot of 9001.The benefits to Cansford and our clients are:

Increased efficiency: by following industry best-practice and focusing on quality Cansford can reduce costs.

Increased revenue: through the reputation of ISO 9001 Cansford can be more efficient helping us to retain more customers and experience more repeat custom.

Higher levels of customer satisfaction: we can increase customer confidence in our ability to deliver products and services.

Improved supplier relationships: because the certification ensures best-practice processes are in place which can contribute to more efficient supply chains, certification increases our customer confidence in our processes.

Improved employee morale: by improving internal communications we ensure everyone works to one agenda.

ISO 45001

ISO 14001:2015 is in place to ensure our business operations:

Protect the environment by preventing or mitigating adverse environmental impacts

Mitigate the potential adverse effect of environmental conditions on our organisation

Fulfil compliance obligations

Enhance environmental performance

Control/influence the way our products and services are designed, manufactured, distributed, consumed and disposed by using a life cycle perspective that can prevent environmental impacts from being unintentionally shifted elsewhere within the life cycle

Achieve financial and operational benefits that can result from implementing environmentally sound alternatives that strengthen our market position

Communicate our environmental information to relevant interested parties

ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is the leading accreditation for information security held by Cansford. By implementing the stringent requirements outlined in the standard, Cansford can reassure our clients their data is stored and processed securely and safely, and robustly protected against cyber threats, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. Adhering to ISO 27001 enables us to:

Identify and assess information security risks: Gain a comprehensive understanding of potential vulnerabilities and develop proactive strategies to mitigate risks.

Establish a solid framework for information security: Implement policies, procedures, and controls that promote a culture of security throughout our organisation.

Continuously improve our security: Embrace a systematic approach to risk management, regularly monitoring, evaluating, and enhancing our information security practices.

Demonstrate credibility and trust: Enhance our reputation by showcasing our commitment to information security through independent certification.

International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation scheme ILAC – Mutual Recognition Agreement – UKAS

Cansford has been evaluated by UKAS and deemed competent to sign an agreement which will enhance the acceptance of products and services across national and international borders.

It means that overseas firms and consumers who do business with Cansford in the future, can be reassured of:

Greater confidence and trust for businesses and consumers who depend on the accuracy of test, calibration and inspection

Know that facilities assessed through the scheme are competent to carry out these specific activities

By insisting that the calibration, test, or inspection results are from an accredited facility, they can be confident the facility has been assessed by an independent accreditation body, that itself has been recognised as meeting international standards of competence

99%

Of test results delivered within 3 days

Since 2013, Cansford Laboratories has returned virtually every test result within 3 days of receipt.

In November 2018, we delivered 83% of these results in less than 24 hours.

Scientific Research

Dr Lolita Tsanaclis is a leading expert regarding hair strand testing, and has been awarded a certificate in recognition of her many years of reviews and papers from Forensic Science International (FSI).

Good Business Charter

Cansford Laboratories is a signatory of the Good Business Charter in recognition of responsible business practices.

Armed Forces Covenant

Cansford Labs is just one of the 7,000 businesses, charities, local authorities and 3rd sector organisations who have signed and pledged our support of the Armed Forces Covenant. 

Mindful Employer Scheme

Cansford Laboratories is a signatory and supporter of the NHS Mindful Employer scheme in relation to staff and workplace mental health issues.

Dementia Friends

Cansford Laboratories is a supporter of Dementia Friends, an initiative set-up by the Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia can affect anyone, at any age and our work brings us into contact with people who may have various types of dementia.

Sustainable Lab Awards 2022

Cansford is the winner of the Sustainable Laboratory category at the Lab Innovations Awards 2022. The award is testament to our journey and hard work to become as carbon neutral as possible by 2050.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Often required when working with government agencies, Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation demonstrates our commitment to keeping customer and donor data secure, and safe against attack or theft.

We are proud to work with more than…

Partners Worldwide

Organisations with thousands of employees

Family solicitors in the UK

Individuals UK wide