About

Our Mission

Our mission is to represent the workplace drug and alcohol testing providers and equipment suppliers throughout Australasia.

We strive to improve the professionalism of workplace drug and alcohol testing by:

  • Encouraging best practices to uphold accurate and professional service delivery for the welfare and safety of those tested and other related stakeholders.

  • Promote the consistency and quality of workplace drug and alcohol testing programs.

  • Developing additional guidelines and protocols to support the existing Australasia workplace drug testing Standards where appropriate.

  • Improving education and public and corporate awareness about the importance and advantages of workplace drug and alcohol testing.

  • Advancing common goals of members in the workplace drug and alcohol testing industry.

Our Team

Meet our dedicated committee members.

Patrick Cook

Chairman WDTA

Patrick has been working in workplace drug testing since 1995. Prior to 1995, he worked with various multi-national medical diagnostic companies. Patrick holds degrees in Biomedical Science and Marketing and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2008 he developed and co-authored a nationally accredited training package in Drug & Alcohol Screening.
In 2015 Patrick became a representative on the Standards Australia technical committee CH-039 for the Detection and Analysis of Drugs in Specimens of Human Origin to revise the procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs in oral fluids (AS4760). Then continued with this Committee as Standards Australia as they update the standard on the detection of drugs in urine specimens (AS4308) until October 2022.
Patrick firmly believes that WDTA has brought our industry together as we build prominence as a peak body in workplace drug & alcohol testing. Joining WDTA is important, we as members, educate broader industry sectors about the requirement of safe working environment. Through the work of WDTA we will see our industry continue to grow & foster.

Steve Korkoneas

Secretary WDTA

Steve is a Workplace Forensic Toxicologist, specialising in Workplace Alcohol and other Drug Testing (AOD) Programs.
Steve has over 30 years’ experience in AOD, providing policy, technical and analytical expertise across all alcohol and other drug testing and training services.

Scott Osborne

Finance WDTA

Scott Osborne eMBA is Group General Manager for the Fit4Duty group of entities and has been involved in the drug and alcohol testing industry for over 8 years.
He has an extensive history of senior executive leadership in science and health care and substantial experience in policy development and consulting.
Scott holds an MBA with strong financial literacy and governance skills.

Ann-Louise Anderson

Ann-Louise is a biochemistry science graduate with a long career across several multinational clinical diagnostics manufacturers. With a focus on abused and therapeutic drug monitoring, both POCT and laboratory diagnostics, Ann-Louise has worked in multiple trans Tasman senior management roles.
A nominated member of CH039 and CH036 since the 1990s. Currently, owner and director of Inscience Limited NZ, who supply test products, support, consult and training in the workplace drug testing industry across NZ. Also the co-owner, and technical lead, for Drugwise testing group who supply drug testing services NZ wide.

Marika Fotheringham

Website WDTA

Prior to working within the Drug and Alcohol testing industry, Marika has worked in the mining, retail and rail sector both in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Marika sees the sector growing in both size, acknowledgement and respect, thanks to the work of the founding members, and the continually growing membership.

Richard Varnish

Richard Varnish

Memberships WDTA

Richard has over 15 years experience in the Workplace Alcohol & Other Drug testing industry, eight of those as the Managing Director (owner) of Advanced Drug Solutions.
Richard looks forward to bringing his experiences in managing previous teams on a national basis, and business owner to the board of the WDTA. These experiences cover the full range of services many of WDTA members are involved with on a daily basis, including policy development, implementation, training and managing testing programmes for large and small business.

John Wilson

John has a great deal of experience in workplace drug and alcohol testing. 15+ years tenure within Alere UK/Abbott, Initially as the Sales leader of their UK testing organization, covering Workplace testing, Drug Treatment, Corrections/Criminal Justice, Maritime, Family Law and Police.
For the last 8 years John has worked as the Abbott Toxicology BDM covering Asia Pacific. He also has worked with the European Group who are in the development phase in terms of on-site versus back to lab testing.”

About Us

About Workplace Drug Testing Association

The Workplace Drug Testing Association (WDTA) was formally incorporated as a not-for-profit entity in early 2017 as the peak body representing the organisations and individuals involved in providing workplace drug testing services to the community.

This incorporation came about after a number of individual organisations recognised that the continued growth in the drug testing market, along with the challenges and opportunities arising from technological and scientific advances in the field of drug testing, would benefit from a collaborative approach to ensure the highest levels of integrity and professionalism are maintained in Australasia.”

Our Credibility  

WDTA possesses individuals and organisations with decades of experience in the workplace drug and alcohol testing industry. They are honoured to deliver hundreds of thousands of drug tests every year with the implication of the latest technology in their operations.

WDTA members account for about 75-80 percent of all workplace drug testing in Australia, and a growing presence in the Australasian region, allowing us to speak with credibility and authority in every aspect, ensuring:

  • Implementation of best practices and the latest technology for accurate workplace drug and alcohol testing.
  • Provision of technological and scientific advice in the field of workplace drug and alcohol testing.
  • Consistency, reliability, accuracy, and quality for workplace drug and alcohol testing.

Our members include the largest drug and alcohol testing companies in Australasia. We represent the Industry on all relevant Australian Standards for workplace drug testing, supply information to Government Bodies and represent the broad interests of this sector in Australasia.

Australasia’s Peak Industry Body for the Workplace Drug Testing Industry

Testimonials

Here’s what our happy members had to say about our services:

Royal Medical Supplies joined the WDTA due to frustration with the existing standards and relevant accreditation bodies. The WDTA is a welcome collective of highly experienced drug testing organisations and individuals and I highly recommend this association to anyone in the workplace drug testing industry.

Royal Medical Supplies Pty Ltd

We joined WDTA because we felt it was important to be part of a united industry body, promoting the interests of members for compliance and dealings with various government agencies. WDTA has quickly established a foothold in this regard with representation on various Australian Standards Committees and presentations to the Senate

Fit 4 Duty Pty Ltd

Safework Laboratories has been a member for the WDTA since its inception in 2017. We felt that there was a need to have an industry body that represented those organisations that do onsite workplace drug testing and SWL has been delighted to see the interest in our new association as well as the high profile it has achieved. In the short existence of the WDTA, it has been an influential advisor and committee member advising on new Australian Standards that are directly applicable to workplace drug testing, it has been asked to present to a Senate Enquiry as well other political events, but equally importantly it has provided a forum whereby those companies that work in this space can interact and work in a collaborative way to support and help each other on areas of mutual interest.

Safework Laboratories

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