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Helen Vangikar pictureAn independent Toxicology Consultant who has worked in the field of analytical chemistry and toxicology since 1988.

Helen gained her MSc in Forensic Science from Strathclyde University in 1988 and started her employment in research with the Medical Research Council (MRC). She became a graduate Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB) and Chartered Biologist (CBiol) in 1992.

Since 1990 Helen has commissioned two laboratories from concept to accreditation, successfully gaining United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation to ISO 17025. Both laboratories complied with the United Kingdom Laboratory Guidelines for Legally Defensible Workplace Drug Testing to which she contributed as a founder member.

Since 1994, Helen has developed a number of training courses, including her well respected Medical Review Officer (MRO) courses gaining Faculty of Occupational Medicine approval, for occupational health professionals. These courses have been delivered to UK and International delegates, within the UK and overseas.

Helen has published over 20 articles on various aspects of substance misuse, policy development and implementation, the need for appropriate education and so on. These have been published in journals appropriate for personnel and human resources, health and safety, and healthcare professionals. Helen has recently contributed a chapter entitled 'Interpretation of urine drug tests by the medical review officer' as part of Workplace Drug Testing edited by Alain Verstraete. This was published by the Pharmaceutical Press in May 2011.

Between June 2011 to September 2013 Helen was President of the European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EWDTS).  She remains active within the EWDTS and the LTG, formerly the London Toxicology Group.