The Active Testing Solutions Testing Process

Active Testing Solutions offers gold standard Methamphetamine Testing in New Zealand. While many companies offer laboratory testing, we are yet to find a company in New Zealand, whose baseline test is at the level that we offer. For example, did you know that under the Ministry of Health Recommendations the in-field screening tests, these are the instant on site tests, have an allowable failure rate of 10%! So whatever you do – stay away from these tests!

Inspection Concept

Even the Field Composite Tests, which is where multiple swabs are combined on site and sent to the laboratory for testing do not meet our high standards of service delivery. While these swabs are laboratory tested, the major issue is that should traces of methamphetamine be found, you are then faced with the significant cost of having your testing agent come back out to perform individual swabs all over again. This is a highly costly, less reliable method and not even close to the high standard that Active Testing Solutions holds itself accountable to.

So if you are wanting GOLD STANDARD methamphetamine testing, then call Active Testing Solutions – the experts.

Instead, all of our tests utilise individual swabs for each area that is tested. These location specific swabs are then carefully inserted into individual vials and shipped to our laboratory partners. The industry leading techniques used by Active Testing Solutions allows our customers the opportunity to utilise the best available testing methods in New Zealand at competitive pricing.

Here’s how it works.

1. Collect Testing Samples

Our fully trained and highly professional collection technicians will come to your location and with your input, select the number of swabs required. This is usually dependent on the type of dwelling being tested. A minimum of 5 swabs are used.

2. Individual Laboratory Tested Swabs

Each swab is used only once to ensure that a failsafe chain of custody can be created for the specific area that is tested. This means that there is absolutely no opportunity for cross contamination of areas within your home. It is by far the safest and most reliable method of testing for methamphetamine in your home.

3. Same Day Shipping of Samples

These tests are then shipped directly to our New Zealand leading laboratory partners where state of the art technology is used to assess the samples.

4. Laboratory Composite Test

Our introductory test is called a Laboratory Composite Test. For this test, once the individual samples have been received at the laboratory, our highly skilled and fully trained technicians will combine a small portion of each sample into a single test which is then utilised to assess whether methamphetamine is present.

5. Meth is found - what now?

Critically, each individual sample is held at NO EXTRA CHARGE for our clients for a period of 30 days following the test. This means that if methamphetamine is found to be present, we already have each individual sample from the site at our laboratory and ready for testing. This eliminates the need for a field technician to come back to site, which saves our clients both time and money. Please note that additional charges will apply for the individual testing of each sample.

Cross Contamination – The Risks and How To Avoid Them

Cross contamination is a real risk and something that needs to be carefully managed. There are two types of cross contamination risks that you should be aware of. Firstly, cross contamination between properties and secondly cross contamination of various areas within your property. Active Testing Solutions has developed a set of Standard Operating Procedures which guarantee that we avoid both of these pitfalls, meaning that our clients are fully protected every step of the way.

Our Standard Operating Procedures have been developed to address each of these risks. Firstly we will discuss the avoidance of cross contamination between properties. We achieve this by strict adherence to our Personal Protective Equipment policy. Prior to entering any property our collection technicians will don their base level gear. This is:

  1. Shoe covers – we will never step on site without first covering our shoes with brand new shoe covers. This ensures that there is no risk of contamination being brought onto site from previous sites that have been visited.
  2. Gloves – no surface will be touched without first donning a new pair of gloves. Again this ensures that there is no risk of contamination from external sources.
  3. Paper Overalls – whenever there is reason to believe that a property may be contaminated, no staff will enter the property without first donning brand new paper overalls and respiratory protection. While protecting our staff, this also ensures that there is no risk of contamination between high risk properties.
  4. Surface Contamination – when performing methamphetamine testing, there are a number of “tools of the trade” that are used. These tools of course need to be placed on the property. In order to avoid cross contamination all tools are placed on disposable surface covers. This means that no tools used on site will come into direct contact with any surfaces on site.

Collectively these procedures ensure that there is zero risk of cross contamination between sites.

Step two is to ensure zero cross contamination of each sample site within the property. Our Standard Operating Procedures ensure that there is zero risk of cross contamination on site. Test KitsThe key method of achieving this is to ensure that none of the tools that are used for Sample 1 are used for Sample 2, Sample 3 etc. This picture illustrates each component that is used for each sample. As you can see we have individual gloves, sizing tool and vial for each sample that is taken. This means that there is zero risk of cross contamination of sample sites within the property.

Each of these items are discarded following each sample being taken. This ensures that we can consistently offer our Gold Standard fully guaranteed testing process. There is no substitution for excellence and it is our commitment to Gold Standard that sets us apart from our competition.

Our mission is to positively impact the entire methamphetamine testing industry by raising the bar of what customers should expect from their testing providers. Give us a call today and find out what it’s like to deal with New Zealand’s leading methamphetamine testing company.

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