Cansford Labs - Pioneering drug and alcohol testing

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Cansford Labs - Pioneering drug and alcohol testing

Social Work

Professional, empathetic and compassionate. Cansford can assist in lightening the caseload of social workers when supporting children and adults at a vulnerable time in their lives.

For over 30 years, our team has offered the UK’s fastest drug and alcohol testing service to families – improving care outcomes for children and families via accurate, cost-effective tests and expert scientific support.

Unmatched speed to keep cases
on track:

99% of our test results are offered within 3 days of receipt – faster than any other lab in the UK. We provide test quotes over the phone and can send our dedicated collectors to you within 48 hours, almost anywhere in the UK.

Every test, expertly supported:

Our collectors are trained to put donors at ease, and to be flexible when dealing with difficult cases. Meanwhile, your case will be handled by a single, consistent point of contact in our laboratory team, who will be on hand to take the confusion out of the testing and results process.

Care and consideration:

Drug, alcohol and DNA test results have life-changing consequences for families. That’s why we’re on hand to answer your questions at any time and offer expert witness support for representation in court.

Innovation and expertise:

Drug and alcohol abuse is not a black-and-white issue – and neither are test results. We continually invest in scientific research to improve test methods, helping to protect families via accurate testing and results transparency.


“You truly are a life-saver. I cannot give details obviously, but trust me, these results are highly significant to a child and their safety.“

- Social Worker, Local Authority

“The Court considers Cansford’s hourly rate to be reasonable in the context of its qualifications, experience and expertise. The field in which Cansford practices and the particular expertise, which it brings to bear on cases involving care proceedings are highly specialised. There is no realistic prospect of finding an alternative expert with the necessary expertise at lower fee.”

- Child care case, Family Court

“I was thoroughly impressed by your company, really efficient and professional service. I would definitely recommend your company in the future”

- Social Worker

“A great team to work with – professional and thorough.”

- Individual

What do we offer?

Drug & alcohol testing

Best-in-class hair, blood, oral fluid and nail testing for drugs and alcohol

DNA testing

Relationship testing with 99.99% accuracy, via easy-to-collect saliva samples

Expert witness support

Our scientific expertise in a court-ready report, for simpler, jargon-free casework

What sectors do we work with? More than…

Partners Worldwide

Organisations with thousands of employees

Family solicitors in the UK

Individuals UK wide