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A guide to the Cansford Labs collections process

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Oct 11, 2018

For hair drug tests to stand up in court, you need to be sure that everything is done by the book. That means choosing an accredited lab, ensuring your client is prepared, a solid chain of custody, and accurate interpretation of the results.

Without these things, all of the money, time and client anxiety that a hair drug test involves may well be for nothing.

To explain how our collections process works and how it helps to resolve the challenges faced by our legal clients, we sat down with Chris Bell, head of our collections team, for his take on the process. Chris has been with Cansford Laboratories for six years, but has worked with our founder John Wicks since 2001. Before that, he ran the drug testing scheme for the Royal Navy, and having built the Cansford collections function from scratch, he’s the perfect person to explain how it all works.

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How Cansford ensures best practice collections for family law cases

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Sep 11, 2018

Accurate, timely, stress-free collections are vital for family lawyers with clients undergoing hair testing for drugs or alcohol. Without a streamlined, well-documented process that reassures them and that stands up in court, a family law case could end up in tatters.

It’s not just lawyers who want the process to go smoothly, either: the donors themselves are understandably concerned - even when they know they are clean - and reassurance from both you and the testing lab is vital.

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The hair testing collections process - Everything you need to know

Posted by John Wicks on Aug 23, 2018

No matter what the expected outcome, we understand how daunting the prospect of undergoing hair drug or alcohol testing can be. Fear of the unknown can be crippling but, as the saying goes, forewarned is forearmed.

This guide tells you all you need to know about our hair testing collections process, so you know what to expect both on the day and beyond.

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5 ways to avoid a hair test: And why they won't work

Posted by John Wicks on Sep 7, 2017

Whether looking to avoid losing custody of children, applying for a job where passing a drug test is mandatory, or trying to avoid fault after an industrial accident has occurred, the internet is full of stories of those looking to cheat hair tests. There are also (somewhat dubious) tales of how some have succeeded.

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Hair testing 101: How do drugs and alcohol enter hair – and how long do they stay there?

Posted by John Wicks on Aug 16, 2017

Hair testing is a complex, specialist, lab-based process, but the questions our team are asked on a day-by-day basis are firmly rooted in the real world. They reflect hair testing’s growing contribution to social work, family law and workplace drug testing.

Two questions crop up more often than most. How do drugs and alcohol get into hair – and how long do they stay detectable with hair testing?

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