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iMed is South Africa’s first privately owned forensic toxicology laboratory. We feature state-of-the-art automation of results, and offer the easiest and fastest shipping and handling of samples.

iMed is accredited by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) in accordance to the recognized International Standard ISO/IEC 17025 under Forensic Laboratory field according to accreditation schedule F0005. This accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope and the operation of a laboratory quality management system.

SANAS is the only organization authorized by the South African government to perform accreditation of laboratory facilities. Its purpose is to help maintain stringent standards that protect the health and safety of South Africa’s citizens, including the assessment of each laboratory’s testing, calibration and verification capabilities. Certification of iMed Laboratories by SANAS is a resounding endorsement of our commitment to excellence and accuracy.

Our Managing Director, Jonathan Blackburn, was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. A serial entrepreneur, Jonathan is currently managing various companies and being a recovering drug addict himself gives him the insight and passion to effectively manage a drug diagnostics business. He is an Activist for Change in South Africa, helping drug addicts find a path of recovery.


Jono Blackburn

Chairman and founder


These low-level street drugs are very common in the mining and industrial industries making effective testing extremely important. iMed Distributors offer the mining and Industrial industries the most economical tests!

Why Use iMed Screening Tests?

There are several scenarios where urine drug screening may be a precautionary measure in ensuring health and safety of employees and members of the public. Occupations where there are risks of physical injury, e.g., all manufacturing and processing industries.

  • Industries that may pose serious community health and environmental risks in the event of accidents, e.g., explosions, oil spills and discharges of hazardous chemicals.
  • Positions of responsibility where sobriety is essential for decision making, which may relate to financial risks or management and employee conflict.
  • Community wellness initiatives that are aimed at combating drug abuse and its impacts on society.
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, to confirm control in the rehabilitation process.
  • Jobs where being alert and focused are essential, e.g., air traffic controllers, truck drivers, operators of earth moving equipment, construction workers, etc.
  • Public transport occupations, e.g., airline staff, train drivers, bus drivers and taxi drivers.
  • Staff on fishing vessels, where weather conditions can be challenging and alertness is required for safe management of the situation.
  • Recreation occupations, e.g., personnel on boat cruises, game drives, hunting expeditions, tour guides and sports events.
  • Emergency room doctors where a patient may appear confused or behave disorientated or in a dangerous manner.
  • Where a person is on probation or parole for a drug- or alcohol-related offense, the officer in charge may arrange for random drug screening.
  • Industries where food safety is essential, e.g., sterile environments, risk of bacterial and chemical contamination.
  • Drug control in prisons and military personnel where dangerous weapons are involved.
  • Drug screening may be a requirement for certain employment contracts and insurance applications,
  • Ad hoc screening for drugs in schools and training centers may be a condition of admittance.
  • Home screening may assist in addressing concerns of parents or guardians about suspected exposure of children to drugs.