Laboratory Analysis

No matter the reason why a sample is sent into the laboratory, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands with SYNLAB’s trusted expert toxicology team who have over 60 years combined experience in the field.


We are regularly audited by our accrediting bodies and hold the following awards:

  • ISO 17025 accredited methods by UKAS – click here to view our UKAS Schedule of Accreditation
  • ISO 17025 accredited opinions and interpretations for medically consistent results by UKAS
  • ISO 15189 accredited pathology laboratory – click here to view our UKAS Schedule of Accreditation
  • RISQS accreditation
  • Forensic Science Regulator’s Codes of Practice and Conduct

To view our UKAS Schedules of Accreditation, please click here.

Testing for emerging substances

SYNLAB is at the forefront of research and development of emerging substances. As trusted experts in the field, our Research and Development Team is committed to developing new methods and processes for the detection of emerging substances, including Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

Often colloquially termed ‘legal highs’, NPS are synthetic chemicals that mimic, or claim to mimic, the effects of illegal drugs. They are often more potent than other illicit drugs, meaning even small quantities can have dramatic effects on the user.

SYNLAB has a wide ranging portfolio of urine analysis for a range of emerging substances, most notably Novel Psychoactive substances, as well as commonly abused prescription medications.

For more information on how to test for emerging substances please get in touch with us.

Testing an unknown substance

If you find a suspicious pill, powder or other substance on site and want to confirm whether it is a drug or not, you can send it into our laboratory for analysis. For more information on how to get your unknown substance tested please get in touch with us.

Testing / Swabbing Workplaces for traces of illegal substances

SYNLAB Laboratory Services can also provide a bespoke service to companies to test for the presence of illegal substances within workplace environments, whether that be an office, restaurant or vehicle.

SYNLAB Laboratory Services can provide analysis of surface swabs for the following most commonly abused substances:                                                        Cocaine, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Heroin, Methadone, Cannabis, Buprenorphine, Ketamine, Benzodiazepines & Barbiturates

Additional tests can be offered to identify the presence of other substances such as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

This bespoke analysis is not an ISO17025 accredited analysis, but provides a Positive / Negative result report for the presence of each of the substances listed above or selected from the list. SYNLAB Laboratory Services can provide guidance as to the interpretation of test results, and how the results can be used by the companies commissioning the tests.

To discuss bespoke workplace drug testing options, please contact SYNLAB Laboratory Services on: 01873 856688 |