About Cansford Laboratories

Cansford gang smallCansford Laboratories has an enviable pedigree. Founded by the team who created TrichoTech Ltd – and pioneered the latest methods of Drug and Alcohol Testing – we are building on years of experience and adding a new level of service that’s rarely seen in the world’s drug testing labs.

We have been carrying out research into drugs in hair since 1993 


We have developed a service singling out four key service areas for your benefit:

  1. Quick Turnaround. Solicitors and Social Services can sometimes wait for weeks on end for delivery of drug test results from other laboratories. We have developed a new process, to deliver fast and accurate findings allowing all hair sample results to be with you within 3 days of receipt – at no extra cost.
  2. The full picture. Lab tests are not always conclusive. When that happens, it’s easy for a lab to skirt over anomalies and simplify their conclusions, we don’t. We prefer to share the evidence in full and work with you in partnership to establish the facts.
  3. Full Support. There’s no need for you to co-ordinate between sample collectors, lab teams, clinicians and the rest of your support network. We work with trusted professionals, spanning every stage of the process – so you just have to make one call to us. We’ll make sure the rest is done for you. 
  4. The human touch. Don’t be put off by the lab coats – we’re still people here, and you’ll find us easy to work with. So we won’t bombard you with technical speak. We’ll just share our findings, in a way that’s always friendly and straight forward.

And that is our promise to you – whether we carry out a single test or develop a long-term relationship.

You will receive proven high quality results with procedures fully audited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ISO 17025 standards


Hair Testing for Alcohol Use and Abstinence

Hair testing for alcohol use is a different matter. Alcohol doesn’t deposit itself inside the hair shaft, so instead we look for Ethyl Glucuronide (ETG) and Fatty Acids Ethyl Esters (FAEE) which are biomarkers of alcohol consumption, that can be detected in hair.

Depending on the levels detected, it can indicate abstinence or it can point to chronic excessive consumption of alcohol dating back for a period of 3 or 6 months.

Cansford Laboratories developed a sensitive LC-MS/MS procedure to detect levels below 7 pg/mg which has been accredited by UKAS to ISO 17025 standards.

We are the first laboratory in the Uk to achieve this level of sensitivity.

 What is involved in Alcohol and Drug Testing?

Our testing programmes support family courts, employers, clinics, schools and government bodies, so no two cases are the same.

It could be a simple test of integrity in a pre-employment contract. Or maybe a test of consumption for use in a childcare case.

Whatever the case, we will provide an informed and independent view, using a suitable mix of Hair and Oral Fluid Testing.

We are not here to blind you with science. We are here to reveal hidden facts and help you make sense of our results before you make important decisions.