Meet The Team

What Is IFDAT?

The International Forum for Drug and Alcohol Testing (IFDAT) is a non-profit organisation. We are dedicated to the advancement of global employee drug and alcohol testing systems and processes. In keeping with the international platform, the appointed Board Members of IFDAT cover a global reach: Sweden – Per Bjorklov (chairman), United Kingdom – Matt Taylor, New Zealand – Sue Nolan and United States of America – Kurt Bothner. We also have voted Representatives and a team of amazing volunteers. See below for details.

IFDAT provides a platform for experts from a wide variety of disciplines associated with the drug and alcohol industries to meet and discuss a range of topics focused on current and future developments relevant to employee testing globally. At IFDAT conferences employers, industry providers and other interested parties discuss best practices, new developments, updates in policies and technology, efficiency improvements and other topics relevant to enhancing employee drug and alcohol testing.

Since 2010, apart from the interruption of Covid-19 in 2020 and 2021, the conferences have been held annually alternating between venues in Europe (inc. United Kingdom) and United States / Canada. In addition to the numerous topics covered, these conferences provide an excellent networking opportunity to share knowledge, form global relationships, evaluate new methods and shape the direction of best practice employee drug and alcohol testing globally. Conferences are actively supported and sponsored by Companies from a range of associated industry sectors.

There is no charge for interested parties to become a part of the IFDAT community. The sole cost incurred is when a person registers for the annual conference. In addition, the IFDAT community stays connected via a quarterly Newsletter to which contribution is encouraged and welcomed.

To enable IFDAT to keep moving forward and organise high quality conferences, we have a dedicated Board and team of volunteers. If you feel you have what it takes to help IFDAT – then please drop us an email to info@ifdat.com.

The IFDAT Board

Per Bjorklov

IFDAT Board Member
Sweden

Per Bjorklov

The Chairman of the organizing committee, Per has had a long and prominent career within the Drugs and Alcohol testing sector (and others) including:

  • Founder & Chairman of the IFDAT board
  • Co-founder and previous President of EWDTS (European Workplace Drug Testing Society)
  • Managing Director, Disa Global Solutions
  • CEO Drugtest Scandinavia
  • Marketing Manager, Karolinska University Laboratory, Huddinge
  • Executive Managment Education, Stockholm Business School
  • Biology and Geography, Uppsala University

 

Per wrote the first European collection guidelines for EWDTS. His vision for a better global drug testing industry and society led to his creation of the International Forum for Drug and Alcohol Testing.

Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Per studied teaching, information and marketing at the University of Stockholm and biology and geography at the University of Uppsala. In 1991 he began his work at the Department of Pharmacology at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge (Stockholm) on the “workplace drug testing” project. Per was the initiator of the first European Symposium on Drug testing and the European Workplace Drug Testing Society. Per took the initiative to start the IFDAT conferences back in 2005 together with Dr Anthony Wong (R.I.P.) from Brazil, Sue Nolan from New Zealand and Kurt Bothner from USA.

Per has now semi-retired from his business career but remains actively dedicated to the continued success and future of IFDAT from his home in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Contact: per@bjorklov.se  

Sue Nolan

Sue is the Director of her own consultancy company, DrugFree Sites, New Zealand (NZ), which she established in 2007. Her vision is globalization of workplace drug and alcohol policies and procedures and harmonization of testing guidelines/ standards.

  • Founding Board member of IFDAT from 2010
  • M.Sc Hons in Biochemistry, Post Graduate Diploma of Business, NZQA Certificate in Adult Education & Training
  • Currently: Director of DrugFree Sites Ltd, New Zealand (NZ). This company was established by Sue in 2007
  • 1971-2007: employed by NZ Institute of Environmental Science & Research Ltd (and its predecessor) as a Forensic Scientist
  • 45+ years’ experience as a forensic scientist and expert witness specialising in illicit drugs and toxicology
  • Since 1992: New Zealand’s leading expert in Workplace Drug Testing
  • Member of Australian/ New Zealand Standard committees responsible for preparing the workplace drug testing standards
    • Urine Standard, AS/NZS 4308: 2008 (currently being updated): “Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs of abuse in urine”
    • Oral Fluid Standard, AS/NZS 4760: 2019: “Procedure for specimen collection and the detection and quantification of drugs in oral fluid”
  • Member of Australasian Forensic and Clinical Toxicology (FACTA) committee developing the Australasian Hair Testing guidelines
  • Member of TIAFT and Australian/New Zealand Forensic Science Society
  • Engaged by World Antidoping Agency (WADA) as Laboratory Independent Observer at two Olympic Games and subsequent auditing of research development proposals

 

Sue lives in Auckland, New Zealand.  

Contact: sue@drugfreesites.co.nz        Website: www.drugfreesites.co.nz

Sue Nolan

IFDAT Board Member
New Zealand

Kurt Bothner

IFDAT Board Member
United States Of America

Kurt Bothner

Kurt is the Senior Director of Strategic Accounts at FormFox, which he co-founded and has since sold. His vision has helped FormFox to deliver employee health and safety workflow solutions that connect Program Administrators, Employees, Clinics/Collectors, Laboratories, and MROs.

  • Founding Board member of IFDAT from 2010
  • Bachelors degree in economics, and Master’s degree in Business/Finance
  • Co-founder of Formfox, Inc. a leading technology provider to the drug and alcohol testing industry
  • 25+ years’ experience working with forensic laboratories, medical review officers and occupational health clinics to develop better and more automated processes for drug and alcohol testing
  • 1995-1998 – Helped pioneer the first virtual private network to deliver drug and alcohol test results electronically to employers and TPAs
  • 2001-2013 – participated in US federal advisory committees, which led to the US Dept. of Transportation adopting use of a digital chain of custody document for drug testing
  • 2014-2016 – Introduced the nation’s leading DOT physical exam software/workflow, with over half of all DOT exams performed annually on the platform
  • Participating member of DATIA, SAPAA and NDASA, and frequent conference speaker on industry technology advancements

 

Kurt lives in Park City, Utah, USA.  

Contact: kbothner@formfox.com  Website: www.formfox.com

Matt Taylor

Matt is Managing Director of Innovative Testing Solutions, a quality led business delivering innovative, evidence based, high quality diagnostic products to customers in the UK, Ireland and further afield. Matt has been described as a “focussed, dynamic and highly motivated entrepreneurial Director” with a deep industry knowledge and over 18 years of “hands-on” experience within the Drugs and Alcohol Policy, Training and Testing sector. Matt has specialist knowledge within Policy, Point of Care testing and Sample Collection – including application of those skills during the last 18 months to COVID testing (PCR & LFD).

  • Appointed to the IFDAT Board in 2021
  • He has given a number of “Key Note Speeches” and presentations at UK and Worldwide conferences and events
  • Advised upon and written 100s of UK specific D&A/Substance Policies (from SMEs to PLCs) covering most industries
  • Written and delivered Education, Training and “Employee Briefing” sessions to 10000s of Managers, Supervisors and Employees across a wide range of sectors
  • An author of various articles published (magazines and online) in areas such as Human Resources and Health and Safety specific to safety critical industries such as Construction, Oil & Gas and Transportation
  • A strong believer in “Education NOT Propoganda”
  • 2018-Current – Co founder and Managing Director of Innovative Testing Solutions Ltd
  • 2015-2017 – Director of The Drug and Alcohol Consultancy Ltd
  • 2003-2014 – Co founder and Managing Director of ScreenSafe UK Ltd which soon became the UK’s leading independent “T.P.A.”
  • A member of the EWDTS (European Workplace Drug Testing Society) – In 2018/19 he helped to formulate the guidelines for Point of Care Testing

Matt utilises his life experiences to successfully and effectively communicate, educate and train people from all walks of life, and at all levels. He lives in Staffordshire, United Kingdom.  

Contact: matt@itstestkits.com  Website: www.itstestkits.com

Matt Taylor

IFDAT Board Member
United Kingdom

The IFDAT Representatives

Dr Filipe Lino

IFDAT Representative
Brazil

Felipe joined the IFDAT team as our South American representative in 2021.

 

  • 2004-2019: Degree in Biomedical Science, Master’s Degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology, 10 years scientific research, Executive MBA
  • 2014-2020: Chemist, Country Manager & Executive Director of Omega Laboratories inc, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Active in implementing hair drug testing
  • 2020-2021: Business Development Director of Laboratory Sodre, Lins, SP, Brazil
  • 2021-current: Founder Partner and Executive Director of Agente RS, Canaos, RS, Brazil
  • Principal Areas of Knowledge: Toxicology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Business
  • Member of SoHT, ABRATOX, CRBM and SBTOX

 

Felipe lives in Canaos, RS, Brazil. 

Contact: felipe.biomedicina@gmail.com

The IFDAT Volunteers / Committee members

Dr Thomas Keller

IFDAT Volunteer / Committee member
Austria

Dr Thomas Keller

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Eveline Vaessen

IFDAT Volunteer / Committee member
Netherlands

Eveline Vaessen

Working at the European Livestock Diagnostic Center (ELDC) in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, in charge of marketing, I spend my hours/days with the company’s websites, organizing newsletters and meetings, and preparing video’s and other visuals to support out products.

For IFDAT I help create and design the newsletter and I also manage the “mailing list”. I also manage and maintain IFDAT’s website.

eveline.vaessen@eldc.eu

Holle Nester

IFDAT Volunteer / Committee member
Germany

Holle Nester

Holle is a professional translator, editor, copywriter, and event manager with extensive experience and language skills, primarily in Health Care and Life Sciences. After her Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Contemporary History and several years working as Executive Assistant in the senior management of Behring Diagnostics and Dade Behring, she joined Microgenics GmbH in 1999. She played a major role in setting up the company’s European Headquarters and took charge of first the European and later the international marketing communications responsibilities. In addition, Holle managed the organization of international business meetings, customer workshops, trainings, and the company’s participation at international congresses and exhibitions. In 2012, Holle left the company to establish herself as a provider of outsourced marketing communications and event management services, and helps IFDAT with event promotions, organisation & brochures etc.

Email: info@hn-marcomundtext.de
Web: www.hn-marcomundtext.de

A.N.Other

IFDAT Volunteer / Committee member
Country

A.N. Other

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