What exactly is ISO 17025 accreditation?
A laboratory accredited to ISO 17025 has been rigorously assessed for its adherence to an international quality management standard, and deemed capable of providing accurate and precise results from properly calibrated equipment. ISO 17025 is a laboratory standard indicating that the laboratory concerned can be trusted, not only to be accurate, but to be able to provide evidence that the requirements of the standard are being met on an ongoing basis.
What is the prices of a DNA test?
What payment methods do you accept, and when do i make payment?
How quickly will my DNA test results come through to me?
Our quickest delivery for paternity tests is within 5 working days of the laboratory receiving the samples if you take the express option and provide standard oral swab samples using our kit. Otherwise, standard samples will take up to 10 working days. Non-standard nail clippings, hair or cigarette butts will also take from 15 working days after we receive the samples. Obviously the time frames will be longer if we need to re-test a particular due to failure to obtain DNA during the first extraction. Please note that there is additional cost for the re-sampling.
How is DNA used to prove paternity?
A paternity test involves a comparison of the DNA of the child with that of the alleged father. Because the DNA profile of the child is a combination of that of the biological father and mother, then a comparison of the alleged father's DNA with the child's can prove whether or not the subject is the biological father of the child. Our DNA Sample Collection Guide explains how to take the samples and send them back to the laboratory for testing.
Is the paternity test accurate?
Can I have paternity test carried out without needing the mother to be tested too?
How discreetly is the paternity test kit delivered?
Can separate kits be sent to different addresses?
Are my DNA test results suitable for use in court?
What is meant by the Chain of Custody procedure?
"Chain of custody" refers to the proper management or control of the DNA samples throughout the testing process. First, it requires a neutral third party to verify the identity of the individuals being tested and collect their DNA samples. Following that, the DNA samples and appropriate paperwork (including signed copies of identification papers) need to be delivered to the testing location ensuring that they have not been tampered with. Finally, the DNA laboratory performing the test needs to ensure they handle the DNA samples and paperwork correctly by tracking and documenting the DNA samples throughout all of the testing process. If the procedures are followed correctly, this will allow the laboratory to issue notarized test results that can be stand up in court.
In contrast, in the at-home or curiosity DNA tests, the samples are taken by the clients themselves and therefore there is no independent verification of the DNA samples. Hence the laboratory is not able to confirm the identity of the individuals doing the test.