The Ru­ma Mar­ker-Sys­tem in pe­nal in­sti­tu­ti­ons and pro­ba­tio­nary ser­vices


The drug tests in the penal system are legally regulated. For example, the Penal System Act of the German federal state North Rhine Westphalia (StVollzG NRW) states:


§ 65 Mea­su­res for de­tec­ting drug con­sump­ti­on

(1) To main­tain the safe­ty or or­der in the in­sti­tu­ti­on, ge­ne­ral or spe­ci­fic mea­su­res can be in­itia­ted, which are sui­ta­ble for the de­tec­tion of drug abu­se. The­se mea­su­res should not be as­so­cia­ted with any phy­si­cal in­ter­ven­ti­on.
This al­so rai­ses the ques­ti­on of sam­ple in­te­gri­ty. Howe­ver, with yet ano­ther restric­tion: On the one hand, the re­sults of a ju­di­ci­al ve­ri­fi­ca­ti­on must be sus­tai­ned and on the other hand, the ban on bo­di­ly in­ter­ven­ti­on ru­les out test me­thods through blood or sa­li­va. The skin must be pier­ced to collect a blood sam­ple. The sti­mu­la­ti­on of sa­li­va­ti­on to collect suf­fici­ent quan­ti­ty of a sam­ple re­pres­ents an in­ter­ven­ti­on in­to a na­tu­ral bo­dy func­tion.
As a re­sult, on­ly uri­ne re­mains as a sui­ta­ble test me­di­um. Uri­ne is pro­du­ced in suf­fici­ent quan­ti­ty and the pro­ce­du­re for ana­ly­sis, in con­trast to sa­li­va or ca­pil­la­ry blood, are well-tried and es­ta­blis­hed. You can find mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on un­der "“Why uri­ne”".


With re­gard to pro­ba­ti­on ser­vices the si­tua­ti­on is a bit dif­fe­rent. In ac­cor­dance with Ar­ti­cle 68b of the Ger­man Pe­nal Code, the court may gi­ve an or­der that the con­vic­ted per­son must be sub­jec­ted to drug tes­ting. Howe­ver, this is sub­ject to the con­vict's con­sent in ac­cor­dance with Ar­ti­cle 56c of the Ger­man Pe­nal Code, if such a test in­clu­des a phy­si­cal in­ter­ven­ti­on.

§ 56c Di­rec­ti­ves

(3) The directive
1. to submit to a curative treatment that involves a physical intervention or a withdrawal treatment, or
2. to stay in a suitable home or a suitable institution can only be issued with the consent of the convict.


Therefore, urine testing is also the method of choice for probation services, and the proven advantages of the Ruma Marker-System are available in their complete scope:

  • Reliable matching of the urine sample to the sample donor without direct observation
  • Verifiable, forensically accredited analysis of sample integrity based on state-of-the-art technology and latest scientific principles
  • Planning security for your organizational processes without waiting times at the bathroom or needing a person of the same gender to perform the observation