International Drug Testing Service updating fees

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in News

Our International Drug Testing Service (IDTS) will update testing fees from 7/3/2017

Testing fee (70 EUR): This includes all tests required to have a complete result: qualitative analysis and quantitative when possible, performed with GC/MS, LC-MS/MS, UV/Vis, etc, depending on the sample. Results are received through e-mail in a text format.

Testing fee + PDF (120 EUR): This includes all the same tests, plus a complete PDF report including the raw graphs and data from the techniques used.

We can test vetegal samples (including Cannabis, San Pedro, Mimosa sp., Ayahuasca, Mushrooms, Kratom, etc.), but they require to perform an extraction that has an extra cost. Please contact us for further information.We can also test for pesticides, heavy metals and special services on request.

We feel it is very important to explain the causes of this increase in the cost of our services.

Issuing the pdf reports require quite a lot of time for us and, since the amount of samples arriving is constantly increasing, for health and safety reasons we have to prioritize results over pdf reports. Simple testing fee gives enough information for final users so we tried to make this option more accesible.

Energy Control is a project with very limited economical resources. National and local funding only covers structural costs and most of our work is possible due to the generosity of our volunteers.

We launched our IDTS in March 2014 with the aim of giving access to this useful Harm Reduction strategy to drug users worldwide. During 2014 we received 129 samples. This has increased in 2015 (649 samples) and 2016 (1104 samples) . And just in the two first months of 2017 we have tested 300 samples.

Our IDTS objectives include further goals other than testing drugs for final users. We analyze trends in new substances, we warn users and Health Authorities when we detect potentially harmful drugs or adulterants and elaborate scientific reports. Nevertheless, our IDTS does not receive financial support from any Institution or Government. IDTS expenses include annual repayments, maintenance and repair of equipments such as Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and Liquid Chromatography coupled to Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), spectrophotometry (UV/Vis), single use items used in the testing process for each sample, and remuneration/salaries of our technical and administrative staff.

As an NGO, all our incomes and expenses (including those from the IDTS) are periodically audited by National Government. Any benefit has to be reinvested in the Project and, in our case, we have launched this International Website and increased human resources. But, with an exponential increase in the number of samples and lack of economical support from any institution, the IDTS is not sustainable now.

Our only way of financing is through testing fees. As such, we are forced to increase them in order to maintain and improve the IDTS. Our immediate goal is to strengthen and finance our human resources, in order to give an effective, more precise and faster service. We know that there have been important delays and some mistakes. But we are not running a business, we are an NGO that manages our limited economic resources the best way we can.

We are open to all suggestions and to any other ways of collaboration, within legal limits and NGO regulations. If you want to help us (writing contents for our website, correcting English grammar mistakes, or any other idea), please contact us.

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