Forensic toxicology laboratory opens in Manchester

Trimega Laboratories has opened a new lab in Manchester, UK that will be used to assist the government with its forensic toxicology workload in the wake of the closure of the Forensic Science Service.

Trimega Laboratories has opened a new lab in Manchester, UK that will be used to assist the government with its forensic toxicology workload in the wake of the closure of the Forensic Science Service (FSS).

£1 million has been invested in the new laboratory, located in the Hexagon Tower in Manchester. The lab includes equipment for high performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC–MS–MS) and GC–MS–MS.

Avi Lasarow, CEO of the company said, "The closure of the FSS opens up opportunities for private companies in the forensic toxicology sector and we are delighted to launch our own high-tech laboratory in Manchester to help the government manage its workload of cases. Getting analysis done by the private sector faster than before will not only help reduce crime but also save the government considerable sums in unnecessary costs incurred by court timetable delays."

Since its closure, much of the FSS' specialist toxicology work was sent to France and according to the company has taken weeks to complete. The company claims that its technology and its location in the UK enable it to complete toxicology analysis in 2–10 days, thereby reducing the time to provide evidence in criminal cases.