Intelligent Fingerprinting has appointed drug testing specialist MTB Distribuciones to sell its non-invasive and flexible drug test solution in Spain.
The portable fingerprint-based drug test will be able to determine if someone has recently used cocaine, opiates, amphetamines or cannabis by analysing sweat from a fingerprint.
Fingerprint testing, which is said to be fast and cost-effective, is also being used by coroners to assist with toxicology tests and in the drug rehabilitation sector.
MTB Distribuciones head Ignasi Balsells said: “In comparison with current saliva and urine-based approaches, the advantages of fingerprint testing are significant.
“We are currently working across a range of markets including workplace testing, drug rehabilitation operations and prisons to investigate opportunities.”
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s drug testing solution features a drug screening cartridge that is small and tamper-evident and can collect a fingerprint sweat sample in a short span of time.
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Later on, the analysis unit reads the cartridge and provides a positive or negative result on-screen for cocaine, opiates, cannabis and amphetamines.
After obtaining a positive drug screening result, the tester can use the Fingerprint Collection Kit to gather additional fingerprint samples for confirmation from a laboratory.
The cartridges will be sent to an accredited laboratory for further analysis.
Intelligent Fingerprinting Business Development director Paul Yates said: “The network of international distributors selling our innovative solution is growing quickly, and we’ve now got coverage across the US, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Spain.
“We’re also looking forward to announcing further distribution agreements during 2019.”
The drug screening system has the potential for many other uses including healthcare diagnostics and homeland security applications.
Intelligent Fingerprinting is a spin-out company from the University of East Anglia.