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Updates to the SoHT Consensus

In May 2019 our Reporting Scientist Manager, Donna Cave, attended the SoHT International Congress in Lille where the consensus on alcohol markers was reviewed. The revised consensus was recently published by the SoHT and can be found here.

As such, we are updating some wording in our client documents and in our Expert Reports in order to align with the Society of Hair Testing (SoHT) revised consensus. The updates affect an acronym and a change of units, but will have no impact on our testing or analysis results.

Here’s what you need to know:

FAEE has changed to EtPa

Our hair alcohol test detects two types of alcohol biomarkers: Ethyl Glucuronide (ETG) and Ethyl Palmitate. The acronym for Ethyl Palmitate has changed from FAEE to EtPa. It is only the acronym that has changed, our hair alcohol test remains the same.

Unit change from ng/mg to pg/mg

You may notice in our results and Expert Reports that the cut off level for Ethyl Palmitate (EtPa) appears higher than previously issued, this is because the unit of measurement has changed from nanogram per milligram to picogram per milligram. Please be assured that there are no changes to the cut off levels and we still apply the cut off levels recommended by the SoHT.

For more information or to book an alcohol test please email experts@lextox.co.uk or call 029 2048 4141.