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Avertest utilizes the most advanced drugs of abuse testing technologies in our certified laboratories and tests virtually every specimen type, including urine, hair, saliva and blood, through our in-house or partner laboratories. We have more than 15 years of testing expertise and have longstanding partnerships with the leading global testing technology suppliers. We utilize the best-of-breed testing technologies with the sole focus of selecting the best testing alternative for our clients’ programs. While the Department of Transportation mandates the testing methods for its regulated companies, Judicial and Workplace programs have more flexibility in their testing methodology selection. We work with Judicial and Workplace clients to select the optimal testing alternative for each of their programs and incorporate the selected technology into a complete, customized solution.
Clients value our testing expertise, but our turnkey program management solutions are what they appreciate the most. No test or technology guarantees a successful program no matter how accurate it might be as every test must be used with proper collection and laboratory protocols to ensure the results are accurate and defensible.
Testing technology is an ever-changing complex science, which is made even more complicated by the evolving drugs of abuse trends, such as synthetics. Avertest studies and analyzes all of the available testing technologies and drug trends to identify opportunities where we can implement better solutions for our clients. There is a wide range in quality and accuracy within mainstream testing alternatives, which makes selecting the right solution very difficult and increases the benefit of having the right partner for your program. Not all instant or laboratory tests are the same and every testing alternative has to be incorporated into a complete program – it is more than just a “test”.
Avertest partners with the leading global testing technology companies to deliver the highest quality testing options for our clients. We also conduct extensive training with our technicians to ensure that we get the most out of each selected technology. We also understand that a single testing technology is not appropriate for every client and work with each client to select the best alternatives for their specific program needs. Nearly every program we administer utilizes multiple testing technologies to deliver the optimal solution. We start each client assessment process by considering three broad testing technologies: Immunoassay (analyzer-based), Instant or Point-of-Collection, and Gas or Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry. In analyzing the appropriate technology for our client, there are five primary decision variables that we consider: cost, accuracy, detection levels, turnaround time, and DOA range (the drugs they can detect).
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