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Responsible for the service The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

Workplace drug testing

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Workplace drug testing may be requested by either the employer or health care unit. Drug tests in the workplace are carried out under supervision and aimed at investigating the person’s use of intoxicants.

In workplace drug testing, the initial test and suitability test in examining urine samples use immunological techniques, and any preliminary positive results are ensured by chromatography-mass spectrometry methods.

Comprehensive drug and substance screening and content analyses use chromatography-mass spectrometry methods. 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).

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

For more information, go to the website or directly contact THL’s Forensic Toxicology Unit.

To whom and on what terms

Workplace drug testing is regulated in detail by the Government Decree (218/2005) and applied in accordance with the Guideline (2/2006) issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

Workplace drug testing may be requested by either the employer or health care unit. The health care professionals involved must be familiar with 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