Challenges in the analysis of toxicological samples

H. J. Hamnett (Lead / Corresponding author), S. Russell, S. Baginski

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This chapter examines some of the existing and new challenges for forensic toxicologists analysing biological fluids for drugs, alcohol and poisons. In recent years there have been impressive advances in instrumentation, which have enabled toxicology laboratories to make more sensitive measurements and analyse new types of samples, drugs, inhalants and also some endogenous biomarkers. This has brought new interpretation challenges, including analytical uncertainty, and has all had to be achieved whilst working to updated accreditation and quality standards.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges in detection approaches for forensic science
EditorsLynn Dennany
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83916-094-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-83916-022-6
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2021

Publication series

NameRSC Detection Science
ISSN (Print)2052-3068
ISSN (Electronic)2052-3076

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Pollution
  • Biochemistry, medical


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