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DNA and Toxicology Services for Local Authorities

Our comprehensive services are designed to support local authorities in making decisions that respect the intricacies of each individual case, ensuring the most informed outcomes.

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What We Do

AttoLife is a laboratory that provides DNA and toxicology services specialised for the legal sector. We pride ourselves on speed, professional conduct, and the delivery of first-class expert witness statements.


National Samplers


Local Authorities Served


Individuals Supported

DNA Testing Services

Our services are designed to verify relationships between various family members, ranging from parents to third-degree relatives such as first cousins and great-grandparents. For local authorities, our work typically involves cases concerning children or minors, where their welfare is the primary concern.

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Toxicology Services

Toxicology Services

In cases where subject welfare is concerned, we provide expert toxicology services that explore drug and alcohol use over time. These services are particularly relevant in cases involving child protection, rehabilitation, supported living, and parole, ensuring the home environment is safe, stable, and responsible. We offer both hair and blood testing to detect substance use, including alcohol, amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, benzodiazepines, and cannabis. Hair from the head remains the gold standard for exploring substance abuse over an extended time window, however we can also conduct analysis on nail and body hair samples.

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Rapid and Reliable

In cases for local authorities, we understand that both speed and accuracy are crucial. We have a nationwide network of expert and compassionate samplers who can meet family members at a place of work or other appointed office, or at a mutually agreed location, especially if there is No Fixed Abode (NFA). Once we have the samples at our ISO 17025 UKAS accredited laboratory, we pride ourselves on the quality of our expert witness statements that detail relationship status or substance usage. We are always happy to represent your case in court if required.

Rapid and Reliable

How It Works

We will work to your brief in order to make sure that legal-grade evidence is delivered. Typically, we adhere to the following five steps.

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  • Identify Requirements
  • Collect Sample
  • Conduct Analysis
  • Expert Witness Reporting
Identify Requirements

We evaluate the specific objectives of your DNA or toxicology tests, considering factors such as the number and types of samples, location, and your court date. We’ll quote based on this assessment and then outline sample specifics that ensure legal validity. For hair toxicology, we cover essential details like sample length and collection sites, as well as limiting factors, such as hair colour treatments.

Collect Sample

Samples are collected following strict chain-of-custody protocols, ensuring they are evidentially sound and accurately documented from collection to analysis. Our collection process is designed to be thorough and efficient, minimising disruption to people’s lives, while maximising reliability.

Conduct Analysis

Our laboratory is accredited by UKAS to ISO17025 and we work to extremely high standards to maintain this accreditation. Our expert Research and Development team undertakes comprehensive validation work on all our laboratory methods to ensure the ultimate accuracy and integrity of our tests, and this research is regularly published in respected scientific journals. This phase is critical, as it lays the foundation for the interpretation of results within a legal framework.

Expert Witness Reporting

Upon completing the analysis, our specialists provide a comprehensive interpretation of the results. This interpretation is framed within legal standards and is relevant to the case at hand. This expert interpretation can be provided within a detailed report, suitable for presentation in court, supporting your case with scientific accuracy.