Test for identifying fake urine when screening workers for illicit drugs
UCF researchers have invented a test for determining whether a human urine sample is authentic or synthetic. The invention offers a possible low-cost solution to a growing problem in which people try to cheat job-related drug tests by submitting fake (synthetic) urine samples. Currently, employers must use external labs to perform the rigorous, expensive testing needed to confirm that a urine sample is authentic. In contrast, the UCF technology could be used to create a rapid-screening test to verify a urine sample outside a lab (at a workplace, for example) and at less cost.
The novel method provides an approach for quickly distinguishing between real and synthetic urine. The approach includes a color-responsive assay, so that testing can be performed on a simple test strip. The color-responsive nanotechnology may be used to detect compounds, chemical moieties, and/or metabolites normally found in urine, but not in synthetic urine due to stability, half-life, metabolism or chemical complexity.
The research team is looking for partners to further develop the technology for commercialization.
- Enables the creation of drug tests to easily check whether a urine sample is natural or synthetic
- Provides methods for creating quick, inexpensive onsite testing (for example, at a work place)
- Employer drug testing
- Competitive sports drug testing