The Importance of Accreditation

You wouldn’t go to a dentist or a doctor that wasn’t professionally accredited, would you? The same should apply when you choose a DNA testing company.
When you are choosing a DNA testing company, ask yourself, ‘Are the laboratories accredited?’
All of our laboratories have received an accreditation that meets International standards. This means that our laboratories have passed stringent inspections, and our testing processes have been assessed to meet the highest standards. Accreditation also means that we must adhere to annual inspections and regular quality control testing.

Will my test be admissible in court?

Choosing a NATA accredited laboratory is essential if you intend for your DNA test results to be admitted in court. For a DNA test to be legal, it needs to meet certain criteria. The sample collection must be witnessed by an unbiased third party, and the identity of all applicants who provide a DNA sample must be witnessed. Identity can be proven by submitting photographic proof, and 2 passport-sized photographs, which are witnessed and signed off by the appropriate party.

Regular vs Legal Testing

If you order and complete a home DNA test, this will not meet the requirements of the law courts, and is therefore not a legal test. Home DNA tests have their place, and are usually chosen for peace of mind, but it is important to know that a home DNA test will not be admissible in court.

A legal DNA test is accredited, and will require the client to prove their identity, and have it witnessed. A legal DNA test will come with full instructions for the third party sample collector and witnesses.

It is important to note that the home DNA test and the legal DNA test both comply with our strict accreditation standards and the only difference is the method of sample collection.