Preliminary Hearing Drug Field Test Kits

The field test kits for detection of drugs for use in preliminary hearing under § 19.2-188.1(A) that have been evaluated and approved by the Department of Forensic Science are accessible in the links below.

Under Virginia Code § 19.2-188.1, the Department of Forensic Science approves field tests for use by law enforcement officers pursuant to regulations adopted in accordance with the Administrative Process Act ( Virginia Code §2.2-4000 et seq.). Under 6VAC 40-30-30(E), the Department is to “use commonly encountered street drug preparations to examine those field tests submitted for evaluation.” The regulation further provides that, “[i]n order to be approved, the field test must correctly react in a clearly observable fashion to the naked eye, and perform in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions and claims.”

The Department conducts no additional testing on the submitted field tests other than to determine that the tests react appropriately to the controlled substances for which they are manufactured. Law enforcement officers should submit any suspected controlled substances for analysis by the Controlled Substances Section.

Please note that the most recent version of the Virginia Register of Regulations will provide the most up-to-date list of approved field test kits.