The following information relates to samples taken under the following legislation:

  • Road Traffic Act 1961 - Section 47E, 47EAA, 47I or 47K
  • Harbors and Navigation Act 1993 - Section 71, 72, 73 or 74
  • Rail Safety National Law (SA) Act 2012 - Section 12, 13, 16 or 20.

Forensic Science SA is an accredited testing body for the analysis of alcohol and drugs under the above Acts. Information related to enforcements and penalties cannot be provided.

For the below options download the form required and return it with supporting documentation (quote the Sample Identification Number - top right hand corner of your Blood Test form) by:

Collection of sample

Blood or oral fluid sample - download the Request for Collection of Sample form (PDF, 161.4 KB).

Change of personal details

Incorrect personal details (name and/or postal address) listed on the Blood Test form - download the Request for Change of Personal Details form (PDF, 142.9 KB).

The address provided on the Blood Test form will be used, unless Forensic Science receive notification of a change via a Request for Change of Personal Details form.

Reissue certificate of analysis

Reissue of a Certificate of Analysis if misplaced, damaged, or destroyed - download the Request for Reissue of Certificate of Analysis form (PDF, 191.8 KB).

A scheduled fee is payable.

Request for private analysis

To have your part of the sample analysed by Forensic Science SA contact Forensic Science SA to get a Request for Analysis form. You'll need to quote the Sample Identification Number.

A scheduled fee must be paid upfront prior to analysis.

When will I receive my certificate of analysis results?

Approximately four weeks from the collection date (time frame may increase for regional locations). Results are sent to the address listed on the documentation provided to you.

When will Forensic Science SA receive my blood sample?

Metropolitan hospital blood samples are collected weekly by South Australian Police and delivered to Forensic Science SA. Regional locations may experience extended time frames with their collections.

Contact the relevant hospital, surgery or medical institution for information about the taking of your blood sample or contact your local South Australian police station for further assistance.

What if Forensic Science SA haven't received my oral fluid sample yet?

Contact your local South Australian police station for further assistance.

What if I don't know my sample number?

Contact Forensic Science SA by phone or email for the sample number. You will need to verify your details.

Can I receive my results by email?

Results are not currently provided by email due to privacy concerns.

I chose to have a Voluntary Alcohol Blood Test after my breath analysis, what should I do with the vial of blood that was handed to me?

  • A sealed sample of blood (marked with the Sample Identification Number) has been provided to you as required under legislation - make sure it's refrigerated at the earliest convenience and the seal remains intact. This will maintain the integrity of your sample.
  • A second sealed blood sample has been sent to Forensic Science SA for analysis on behalf of South Australia Police, and results of this analysis will be mailed to you at your postal address provided on the Voluntary Alcohol Blood Test form you completed.

If you wish to have your part of the blood sample independently analysed once you have received your results from Forensic Science SA, it will be at your own expense.

A list of other accredited testing laboratories (PDF, 164.3 KB)

What is the blood sample tested for?

The blood sample is screened for either alcohol, or both alcohol and drugs, dependent on the accident or offence and legal requirements.

Drugs currently indicated as a prescribed drug for the purposes of the above Acts include:

  • delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • methylamphetamine
  • 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).

What is an oral fluid sample tested for?

Drugs currently indicated as a prescribed drug for the purposes of the Acts above include:

  • delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • methylamphetamine
  • 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).

Can my prescription medication give a false positive result for any of the drugs?

The method for the identification of drugs used by Forensic Science SA is highly specific and regarded as the gold standard analytical technique in forensic toxicology. Prescription drugs will not be falsely identified as positive for any of the three drugs outlined above.

Can I obtain the level of drug detected in my oral fluid sample?

Forensic Science SA will only report a drug as “DETECTED” on the certificate of analysis if it's above a certain concentration known as the cut-off concentration. The cut-off concentration for the three drugs is indicated on the certificate of analysis. Forensic Science SA doesn't indicate the calculated concentration of the drug on the certificate of oral fluid analysis.

For more information related to the analysis of your sample refer to Freedom of Information (FOI).

What if I want my sample re-analysed by another laboratory?

Forensic Science SA stores a second sealed sample of blood or oral fluid on behalf of the sample donor for a period of 12 months (from the date the sample is received) before being destroyed. The sample donor can request to collect or submit this sample for independent analysis during this period.

If you've been provided a sample of blood from your Voluntary Alcohol Blood test, you may submit this for independent analysis.

Forensic Science SA can independently analyse the second sealed sample of blood or oral fluid on behalf of the sample donor for a scheduled fee - contact Forensic Science SA for a Request for Analysis form if you wish to proceed with this option.

Another sealed sample of your blood or oral fluid has already been sent to Forensic Science SA for analysis on behalf of South Australia Police.

A list of other accredited testing laboratories (PDF, 164.3 KB)

After an accident, can I obtain my Certificate of Analysis (results) for CTP Insurance reasons?

If, within 8 hours of the time of the accident:

  • you did not attend or were admitted to a hospital, surgery, or medical institution for treatment of an injury sustained in the accident and a blood sample wasn't taken from you, then a Certificate of Analysis will not be provided.
  • you did attend or were admitted to a hospital, surgery, or medical institution for treatment of an injury sustained in the accident, and a blood sample was taken from you, then a Certificate of Analysis will be provided once the sample is received, and analysis completed. The Certificate of Analysis will be posted to the address shown on the Certificate by Medical Practitioner/Registered Nurse.

If, over 8 hours since the time of the accident:

  • you did attend or were admitted to a hospital, surgery, or medical institution for treatment of an injury sustained in the accident, a blood sample wasn't required to have been taken from you.

If you don't receive the Certificate of Analysis after four weeks of the date of the accident, contact Forensic Science SA -  you'll need to provide your sample number, full name, address, hospital attended and date of accident to assist with your enquiry.

If Forensic Science SA can't address your enquiry, we'll recommend you contact the relevant hospital (emergency administration), surgery or medical institution to confirm the taking of your blood sample for forensic analysis or your local South Australian (SAPOL) police station for further assistance.

Your insurance company delegate can request information from us on your behalf with your written and signed authority.

Why is the patient’s blood taken for Alcohol only? (Blood Test - Voluntary Alcohol)

The patient requested an approved blood test kit from a person who conducted a breath analysis on them.

Why is the patient’s blood taken for Alcohol and Drugs? (Blood Test - Compulsory Alcohol and Drugs)

The patient’s blood was taken for one of a number of reasons required by law:

  1. Either they have attended or been admitted to a hospital for the treatment of an injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident, a vessel accident, or a prescribed notifiable occurrence; or
  2. They have refused an alcotest, a breath analysis, a drug screening test, or an oral fluid analysis by reason of some physical or medical condition; or
  3. They have been directed to have a blood test by a police officer or an authorised person.

Are patients required to submit to a blood test for Alcohol & Drugs after an accident?

Refer to the Legal Services Commission SA Law Handbook on Compulsory Blood Tests

Which vehicles constitute a motor vehicle accident?

A vehicle that uses, or is designed to use, volatile spirit, gas, oil, electricity, or any other power (not being human or animal power) as the principal means of propulsion. E.g., Car, van, motorcycle, truck, bus, motorised bicycle, motorised scooter, etc.

Which vehicles constitute a vessel accident?

A vehicle used on water ways. E.g., Air cushion vehicle, barge, lighter, submersible, ferry, wing in ground effect craft, surfboard, wind surfboard, personal watercraft, water skis, jet skis, kayak, canoe, etc.

Which vehicles constitute a rail accident?

A vehicle used on a railway or tramway e.g. Passenger train, freight train, tram, or road rail vehicles.

Who is classified as a ‘Driver’?

A driver of a motor vehicle (including a qualified supervising driver), operator of a vessel or rail safety worker involved in an accident.

Who is classified as ‘Other’?

Any passenger or crew aged 10 years and over, a cyclist (non-motorised), pedestrian or swimmer involved in an accident.

Who is an Approved Courier?

An approved courier means a person approved by the relevant Minister by notice in the Gazette or the Commissioner of Police as a courier for the purposes of the Road Traffic Act 1961, Harbors and Navigation Act 1993 or Rail Safety National Law (SA) Act 2012.

Scheduled Fees (2022/2023)

Private Blood Analysis

Alcohol Analysis $185.00

Drug Confirmation $660.00

Alcohol Analysis and Drug Confirmation $845.00

Private Oral Fluid Analysis

Drug Confirmation $398.00

Reissue Certificate of Analysis

Reissue certificate $87.00

Courier Fee

A courier fee is payable to package and transport your sample to yourself or another laboratory, if unable to be collected in person. We recommend directly shipping to your laboratory of choice.

Within South Australia $20.00

Interstate $40.00

Make a payment

To make a payment online by Credit Card visit:www.bpoint.com.au/payments/attorneygeneralsdepartment

Select the biller code: 1423599 - Forensic Services and enter your surname and Sample Identification Number as the Customer Reference.

South Australia Police (SAPOL)

Phone: 131 444

Email: SAPOLEnquiries@police.sa.gov.au

Website: www.police.sa.gov.au