The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists

Conference seating

Effective drug and alcohol testing relies on an understanding of scientific disciplines and principles including human physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, analytical chemistry (and its associated instrumentation), immunology and others. In addition to satisfying Australian and international standards, testing regimes must also take into account efforts by those taking drugs to try to defeat their detection, the emergence of new drugs and drug classes, and the development of new technologies that may improve the ability to detect and quantitate drug use. AusHealth Work takes very seriously the need to continuously improve services and to remain aware of the cutting edge of drug and alcohol testing technologies, and participates in opportunities to engage  

The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) holds a scientific conference each year to allow experts in the field to meet and share experience, research findings and practical skills. Manufacturers of test devices, representatives of Government and non-Government agencies and other interested persons also attend. In August 2018 the meeting will be held in Ghent, Belgium and is co-sponsored by TIAFT and the Society of Hair Testing. This represents a great opportunity to discover developments in breath alcohol, urine and oral fluid drug testing and hair testing for drugs.

Sessions are scheduled to examine drugs and driving, sampling techniques, hair testing updates, and analytical methods. Further AusHealth Work blogs will be presented to bring readers up to speed with new developments in the coming weeks. If any readers wish to have any specific questions addressed, please let us know by email and we will make sure we get specific information from experts at the conference. The conference commences 26 August.

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