CLEVELAND, May 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Driven by the growing demand for drugs of abuse testing solutions in Australasia, two world leading drug testing agencies have joined forces to open a state-of-the-art laboratory in New Zealand.
Omega Laboratories, Inc. and The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) will open a new Auckland based laboratory, TDDA Omega Laboratory Services. It will offer drug testing services including hair, oral fluid (saliva), and urine testing, as well as testing program management services globally.
The laboratory will incorporate the abilities of United States based Omega, the leading provider of hair and oral fluid (saliva) specimen testing, and the industry expertise of Auckland, New Zealand based TDDA, Australasia's complete solution provider for workplace drug policy, education and testing needs. The partnership will benefit companies worldwide by offering a unified and streamlined approach to implementing drug testing programs.
TDDA also offers the most robust collection network in the Australasian region and Omega brings technological expertise to the partnership, with advanced online reporting and an online multi-language custody and control form systems.
Omega Laboratories' CEO Bill Corl says, "We are confident that pairing Omega's technology with TDDA's expertise will greatly benefit the growing global drug testing market, while maintaining the quality and efficiency benefits that come from working with two of the most trusted names in drug testing."
Kirk Hardy, CEO, TDDA says, "The last few years have seen tremendous growth in the drug testing industry worldwide. This partnership with Omega Laboratories offers employers in Australasia the benefit of having the fastest turnaround time in the industry in the region.
"TDDA's philosophy is about creating drug free environments and helping make not only the workplace but also the community in general a safer place to live. The new laboratory is another step towards offering our clients the most professional and efficient service that we can," Kirk says.
The new laboratory is headed by Dr Paul Fitzmaurice and 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.
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.
This co-operative laboratory has been specifically designed to provide faster delivery options for clients in Australasia while maintaining the consistent quality that Omega and TDDA have become known for.
Hair testing will be used to detect lifestyle drug usage with its longer detection period, while urine and oral fluid (saliva) testing will be used to detect recent usage. This means that clients will now have access to the most accurate testing options to address their needs and help create a safer workplace.
About Omega Laboratories, Inc. - Omega Laboratories, Inc. is a state-of-the-art facility providing laboratory-based hair and oral fluid testing for drugs of abuse to over 6,000 clients worldwide. Omega is currently accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 standards through ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and holds a College of American Pathologists (CAP) Accreditation for Forensic Drug Testing, as well as 510(k) clearances from the FDA. Omega's reputation for performing accurate, timely and cost effective testing, coupled with an unmatched reputation for client service, has positioned Omega as the leader in the advanced specimen drug testing industry.
CONTACT: Mark Freemal, +1 (330) 628-5748
About TDDA: The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA), founded in 2005, is comprised of 36 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand with specialist on-site testing vehicles and qualified collecting and screening staff. TDDA was designed to supply specialised services to companies that are conducting workplace drug and alcohol testing or looking at doing so within their own organisations. TDDA currently offers mobile testing solutions, policy design services, training and education, and various testing methodologies. TDDA is accredited to ISO 15189:2012 standards for workplace drug testing (see NATA and IANZ websites for further detail). TDDA is considered to be a leader in its field with 36 offices throughout Australasia.
CONTACT: Kirk Hardy, + (6427) 523-1904 or Dr Paul Fitzmaurice + (6421) 870-722
SOURCE Omega Laboratories, Inc.; The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA)