No Drugs at Work is brought to you by APAC Diagnostic
We are a team of scientists who moved to Australia in 2006 and established APAC Security. Prior to the move, we had developed a narcotics and explosives detection system at www.biosensor.se in Sweden. Our first order to the Australian government was conditional on setting up a service centre that could maintain the BIOSENS systems throughout Australia.
In 2010 APAC Security secured a contract with a Correctional department in Australia, providing drug testing products for urine screening and confirmation analysis.
An important issue we discovered was that the urine screening device we had sourced from overseas, could not meet the clients requirements, in terms of the number of detectable drugs – the urine screening cup detected too few drugs. So in 2011 we started to design our own urine screening device – the APAC Multipanel Cup.
The idea with the APAC Multipanel Cup was that we could tailor make the number of detectable drugs in the cup; some clients want the Australian standard six drugs, while other clients require more detectable drugs.
An important factor is to achieve accreditation in line with the Australian Standard AS 4308:2008. This basically means that the cups thresholds for detection of a number of drugs can be reproduced with an accredited laboratory. This took us a few years but in June 2016 APAC, received the accreditation from RASL in Melbourne.
The one off accreditation may be important, but perhaps more important, we need to ensure that we can maintain Quality Assurance with every batch of cups that we manufacture. This is done by randomly testing every LOT that leaves the manufacturing plant. With our own APAC staff we randomly select a number of cups that are tested against a urine standard that we have designed. Our QC criteria’s are quite strict i.e. we accept NIL failures of the cups that we test.
Since 2010 we represent ABBOT Alere as a distributor for their toxicology products. This includes Oral Fluid screening Devices as well as Urine screening cups.
In addition to urine and oral fluid screening devices, APAC also offers:
Urine and Oral Fluid confirmation analysis of presumptive positive tests
Assuming that a screening device provides for a non-negative/presumptive positive test, the Australian standard AS 4308:2008 stipulates that a urine or oral fluid specimen needs to be sent for confirmation analysis with an accredited toxicology laboratory. APAC subcontract this work to:
Sonic Healthcare – DHM in Sydney who assists us with urine and oral fluid GCMS/LCMS confirmation analysis.
The Chemcentre in Perth, which is a leading provider of Synthetic drugs analysis. These drugs include Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Opiates and Synthetic Amphetamines.
Accredited specimen collection services
For clients who would like to outsource the drug testing to a third party, APAC offers collection and on site analysis of urine and oral fluid specimens. For presumptive positive samples, we will pack up the samples and send them to one of the laboratories above.
Accredited specimen collection training courses
For clients who would like to keep the testing in house with its own staff, it is important that the collectors are accredited to the Australian standard AS 4308:2008 and AS 4760:2019. APAC arranges for a one day course where we train the clients staff on the Australian Standard as well as the APAC products. The course ends with a written and practical assessment. Students who are assessed as competent will be issued with a certificate of attainment by an Australian RTO.
At be beginning of 2020, we formed APAC Diagnostic, where we have moved our drug testing business. Rest assure however that you are dealing with the same staff who are very eager to assist you.
Waste water analysis of Drugs
Together with University of Queensland we offer collection and analysis for drugs in waste water. During a 24 hour period we collect waste water that is sent to the laboratory for analysis. This service uses the same testing protocol as the National Waste Water Drug Monitoring program e.g. we can provide data of how much drugs that have been consumed in a catchment area over a certain time.