The Australian Standards (AS) are guidelines designed to assist both industry and the public in selecting quality products and services that meet minimum requirements. Products and Services independently tested and holding Australian Standards Certification can be relied upon to meet minimum industry determined standards, but are not legal standards as such.
When purchasing products and/or services, companies and government may require any product or service they purchase to hold the relevant Australian Standard.
For alcohol and drug testing, the relevant Australian Standards are:
Most industry users require alcohol testers to be AS Certified. Australian Police usually tender with AS Certification as a minimum requirement (to eliminate inferior instruments) but then have their own Police Laboratories test tendered instruments to far more stringent accuracy and reliability standards.
Drugs – AS 4760:2006 – Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs in oral fluid.
The Australian Standard for Oral Fluid covers procedures for the collection, detection and quantitation of drugs in oral fluid. AS 4760 is currently under review, but remains relevant given the increasing popularity of saliva testing.
Drugs – AS 4308:2008 – Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs of abuse in urine
The objective of this Standard is to ensure that the detection of drugs in urine meets the expectations for testing of specimens for medico-legal, workplace or court-directed purposes.