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Drug testing during studies

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

An education provider may require a drug testing certificate from a student, if a practical task, work-based learning, or work experience gives rise to a suspicion that the student is under the influence of drugs, addicted to drugs or the student’s functional capacity has weakened. Drug testing during studies is carried out under supervision and aimed at investigating the person’s use of intoxicants.

In drug testing during studies, drug and pharmaceutical substances screening and content analyses are conducted using chromatography-mass spectrometry methods from urine and blood samples. All the methods of analysis used in the service are accredited by the Finnish Accreditation Service (FINAS) in accordance with standard SFS-EN ISO/IEC 17025 (test laboratory T077).

Do the following

The THL Forensic Toxicology Unit delivers sampling equipment and samples upon request.

For more information on drug testing during studies, go to the website or directly contact THL’s Forensic Toxicology Unit.

To whom and on what terms

Drug testing during studies is regulated by the so-called SORA legislation (unsuitability to study). Application guidelines are provided in the guidebook published by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in 2015 regarding the implementation of SORA legislation in health care.

Testing conducted upon the education provider’s request is carried out by health care professionals, who are required to be experienced in drug testing. A certificate may only be issued by a doctor who has completed training in the use and interpretation of drug tests in occupational health care ("Huumausainetestien käyttö ja tulkinta työterveyshuollossa”), provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), or similar training.

Tests are not performed on private individuals.

The service is subject to a fee.

A fee is charged for the service.

Basic information

The service is provided byThe National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Responsible for the serviceThe National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Updated: 1/29/2020