The number of drug testing companies in the UK has fallen over the last 2 year as the industry consolidates. The cost of most onsite diagnostic tests has risen by almost 20% due in part to the weakness of sterling and rising import costs and transport costs. In 2008 there were 17 drug test companies active in the UK market. By 2010 this had fallen to 13, with only 9 reported to be operating in profit and sustainably.
Mike Garside, Director of Access Diagnostic Tests UK Ltd, who operate www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk & www.drug-testing-kit.co.uk comments : “while we have seen real growth in the drug testing sector, with more and more medium and small companies initiating drug and alcohol testing, the choice of UK suppliers has decreased, and the number of drug test manufacturers has decreased even further, so most of the branded drug testing products on offer are coming out of the same production lines. We are also starting to see further inflationary pressure in China, with both raw material and wage price increases putting pressure on factory prices. Without a strong Pound I would expect to see further price increases throughout 2010”