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Mobile Evidential Drug Testing Instrument

Fund Name

Mobile Evidential Drug Testing Instrument (MEDTI) Demonstrator

Project Length

6 months

Project Value




To enable more effective enforcement of drug driving offending, the Department of Transport is seeking innovative ideas to explore the development of world-leading roadside evidential drug testing capability.

The competition aims to develop ideas that could create a roadside forensic test capable of being administered at the time the driver is stopped and then generate a robust indication that meets UK court standards.

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Ideally, a result would be obtained at the roadside within 10 minutes however the competition would also welcome the submission of ideas that that could generate similar swift analysis from a device that is based at a police station, circumventing the need to take an evidential blood sample that requires sending the sample away for analysis. This will speed up the processing of suspects, enabling police to deal with offenders at pace and freeing up officers to return to duty more quickly.

This competition has two challenges:

  • Roadside Test and Confirm – require a relatively small, ideally handheld, robust device capable of operating under roadside conditions
  • Station-Based Evidential System – Innovations that would achieve a result from a combination of a roadside screen test with further confirmation of the result at the police station

The total possible funding available for Phase 1 of this competition is £1 million (excluding VAT).  The Department of Transport expects to fund several proposals of up to £350,000 (Exc. VAT) each in value, with a maximum project duration time of 6 months.

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