Cansford Labs - Pioneering drug and alcohol testing

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Cansford Labs - Pioneering drug and alcohol testing


Comprehensive and rapid testing when you need results fast. Cansford offers employers and organisations the UK’s fastest workplace testing service; helping you to help your employees.


Cansford Laboratories is proud to offer the UK’s fastest workplace drug and alcohol testing services – keeping you and your employees safe with the right test, at the right time.

As part of our ISO 17025-certified testing processes, our workplace customers benefit from many of our services.

Whether you are in retail, an FMCG warehouse or an office, your business has a duty of care to ensure your staff work in a safe and secure environment.

Cansford offers fast, accurate and sensitive drug and alcohol testing services – keeping you, your employees, sub-contractors, and workplace staff safe. We can advise on the best course of action to take.

Faster testing equals lower risk:

Cansford is one of the UK’s fastest back-to-lab services – testing is done at our bespoke lab in South Wales, meaning you’ll get your results faster because we don’t send our samples overseas. If you are looking for point-of-care testing on site, then we also do that too.

  • Fast and reliable service from a UKAS 17025-accredited laboratory
  • Point of care on oral fluid testing and sample collection training
  • Hair and oral fluid samples back to the lab testing
  • Expert witness support
  • Training if required
  • Detailed, fast analytical result reporting

Comprehensive test mix:

Our offering includes a wide range of laboratory and point-of-care tests, with short, medium, and long detection windows – helping you detect drug and alcohol use in-the-moment, historically and across long periods.

  • Pre-employment Testing
  • Random Testing
  • Point-of-care or In-the moment testing
  • For-cause and post-incident testing
  • Continual Monitoring

Protect employees to protect your organisation:

Implementing workplace drug and alcohol testing ensures a safe and productive environment. That’s why we’re on hand to answer your questions at any time and offer expert witness support for representation at panel hearings, tribunals or in other courts, such as criminal or civil cases.

Expert consultancy and support:

We provide an expert sample-collection service or can train staff to perform collections in-house. Our 50+ network of collectors cover the whole of the UK and are experienced, professional and discreet, many of whom are former NHS nurses.

Innovation and integrity:

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.

What do we offer?

Hair testing

Laboratory testing for drugs and alcohol, between 7 days and 6 months after use

Oral Fluid testing

Point-of-care and laboratory testing for drugs and alcohol, between 0 hours and 2 days after use

Nail testing

Laboratory testing for drugs and alcohol,between 14 days and 8 months after use

Blood testing

Laboratory testing for drugs and alcohol, between 0 and 24 hours after use

DNA testing

MoJ accredited DNA testing services with results offered in 3 - 5 days

What do we work with? More than…

Partners Worldwide

Organisations with thousands of employees

Family solicitors in the UK

Individuals UK wide


“Everyone was extremely impressed, particularly me by the sheer professionalism and to be honest commitment to turn this around so quickly for us. I really put myself into your hands to get it organised and all of you did not disappoint and in fact surpassed expectations”

- HR Manager, Construction

“We had a recommendation for Cansford Laboratories from a colleague. We are an Occupational Health Service and wanted to offer Drug & Alcohol Testing as part of our service, also one of our clients had also requested training for Drug & Alcohol Testing. Our client, our OH Trainer and myself attended a training course offered by Cansford Laboratories. From making the initial enquiry with Cansford Laboratories to the after sales service I found them to be extremely efficient”

- Manager, OH Business

“I would just like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your help, patience and advice with the tests Mr C****** has taken today. You have gone above and beyond previous companies I have worked with and I have been extremely impressed throughout”

- Senior Manager

“The turnaround times are so fast, prices very reasonable compared to some others and anyone I have talked to on the phone has always had the time to answer my questions (of which I’ve had a lot!)”

- Individual