Subject to receiving your formal written consent, trained licensing staff will collect a saliva sample by way of a mouth swab. The sample will then be sent to an analytical laboratory to be screened and a certificate of analysis will be returned to the council.
This process is subject to very strict “chain of custody” procedures to ensure that the sample is not interfered with between collection and arrival at the laboratory.
Prior to testing at the lab, your saliva sample is split in two to create “A” and “B” samples. The “A” sample is tested whilst the “B” sample is left sealed and stored. If you dispute the confirmed result, you can request the “B” sample for independent analysis (any such costs arising from this will not be met by PCC).
The collection of the swab will be conducted on a one to one basis. You will be given the choice of an officer of the same sex when collecting a sample. We can also carry out “instant” screens on occasion.
You must not eat, drink or smoke for at least 20 minutes before the test. You must also provide details of any prescribed or over the counter medicines you are taking.
You will be advised of the current costs at the time you submit your application.