World-leading drug testing agencies open New Zealand laboratory
The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) is opening a state-of-the-art drug testing laboratory that will introduce a revolutionary new level of service and expertise to its services.
A joint venture with United States based Omega Laboratories, Inc – one of the world’s leading providers of hair and oral fluid (saliva) specimen testing – TDDA’s clients throughout Australasia will soon be able to enjoy a quicker turnaround of test results, all backed by leading lab testing expertise.
Known as TDDA Omega Laboratory Services, it will offer state-of-the-art drug testing services, as well as research testing methods to address the ever-increasing diversity of synthetic drugs that are flooding into the community. The laboratory testing methods will be updated regularly to ensure they keep pace with the illicit drug developments.
Testing will also include an extended pain management panel that includes the majority of opioid medications that have significant abuse and addiction potential.
The Auckland laboratory is due to open later this year and will be headed by Dr Paul Fitzmaurice. Dr Fitzmaurice, who has a PhD in Toxicology, has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, most recently working for the New Zealand Government owned ESR (The Institute of Environmental Science and Research), including managing the Workplace Drug Testing programme as part of his role.
Kirk Hardy, CEO, TDDA says that the last few years have seen industries like manufacturing and construction take workplace