The detection of drugs using oral fluid / saliva is a more recent development in the workplace drug testing field. The Australian Standard which covers testing using oral fluid drug testing was first released in 2006 (AS 4760-2006). Collection agencies can apply for NATA accreditation to this Standard but the accreditation granted is currently limited to the collection of samples for laboratory testing due to the unavailability of validated on-site testing devices.
Testing of an oral fluid specimen may be used to establish recent drug use. It is not appropriate to relate the presence of drugs in oral fluid to impairment, but rather, to recent use. When drugs are detected in oral fluid, it suggests the drugs were used within the last 36 – 48 hours (approximately).
The oral fluid sample can be collected either using an absorbent pad which the donor holds in their mouth for a few minutes, or by the donor delivering oral fluid into the collection vessel supplied by the collector. Approximately 1ml of oral fluid is required to guarantee adequate volume for testing.
When an oral fluid sample requires laboratory confirmation, ToxLogic sends the oral fluid sample to a laboratory accredited to AS 4760-2006. Confirmed laboratory results are usually available within 48 hours of the laboratory receiving the sample.
Limitations of the Oral Fluid testing devices
There are many Oral Fluid testing devices on the market. However, currently there is no testing device available which meets the target levels described in AS4760-2006.
ToxLogic is always reviewing our existing devices and liaising with manufacturers to test and trial new devices.
For all enquiries relating to oral fluid / saliva testing
Tel: +61 3 9372 1348
Fax: +61 3 9372 2384
Our sample collectors are required to successfully complete a recognised training course in Chain of Custody sample collection and transport. Each collector must receive a statement of attainment for the course in accordance with The Australian Quality Training Framework.
Occupational Toxicology Services was established in 2001 as a consultancy service for clients and laboratories wanting to conduct urine Drug & Alcohol testing in accordance with AS/NZS 4308:2001. Occupational Toxicology Services worked closely with J & K Nominees, one of the first workplace Drug & Alcohol testing companies in Australia. JK ProCare Systems was established in 2005 as the Victorian collection agency of J & K Nominees.
ToxLogic Pty Ltd was established in 2013, encompassing the work of Occupational Toxicology Services Pty Ltd while retaining JK ProCare Systems as a trading name.