Meth Detecting “Devices” – Do they actually work ?

Over the last few months we have seen a number of “Devices” that claim to be able to detect Methamphetamine

We’ve done the research so you don’t need to

This all comes down to Four factors

Do they Actually Work ? – This is the million dollar question – Many of the websites only make reference to Production not Consumption (specifically calling out precursors) – Yet It is a well-known fact that the vast majority of issues uncovered relate to Consumption not Production  – We consider it highly unlikely that these “devices” are capable of such detection.

Validation –  Will the Manufacturer or Distributor commit the $50K+ to have this Validated under NZS8510:2017 by the Institute Of Environmental Science And Research (ESR) – From what we have seen to-date this is almost certainly a NO.

Calibration – Regardless of whether it gains validation under the standard, it will need an agreed calibration cycle, which involves the device being tested either in-situ or RTB to verify it is working according to its specifications and within the sensitivity range  – this could be anywhere between 1-36 Months (or more), and obviously drives both cost and complexity.

Acceptance –  Unless it is validated under NZS8510:2017 by ESR it is almost guaranteed that the Insurers and  significant industry players will not endorse or accept this product, the risks are just too great without independent validation (how else can anyone be sure they actually work ?)

So, whats the best approach to managing the Meth risk ?

Simple – Talk to one of our team and we’ll help you understand what your individual risk profile is and provide options to best manage it

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