Why is Accreditation Important?
The fact you can have your mind at rest that your test is carried out in an accredited laboratory makes us a safe and reliable choice for all your DNA testing needs. Furthermore, the laboratory is also recognized on a national level in Australia by NATA, the National Association of Testing Authorities in Australia.
Not all companies can become internationally accredited and we ensure to work only with laboratories that have the highest accreditation. An accreditation is a certification of competency and gaining it means meeting the very high standards and requirements that are dictated by the body awarding the accreditation. Accreditation bodies have strict requirements and only when the laboratory meets each of these requirements can it be given the accreditation. Thorough and accurate testing processes must be put into practice to ensure that the utmost quality is being achieved consistently. Moreover, DNA tests are subject to an annual inspection to ensure that the standards remain as such throughout, with every single test carried out.
When it comes to the legal aspect, a DNA test is only permitted in the court of law if an internationally accredited DNA paternity testing laboratory recognizes it. To be able to supply a legally accredited paternity test, DNA kits are to be shipped to a neutral, unrelated, third party. For verification of identity of all test participants, proof of identity by means a photo and valid/accepted form of identification in Australia must be provided. These need to be put presented on the day of the sample collection to the third party sampler.
Home Tests and Accreditation
Regarding home paternity tests also known as self-sampling kits (used for peace of mind testing), the laboratory carrying out the test does not need to be accredited. The results will have no legal validity. We carry out all tests in an accredited laboratory and it does make sense to always choose a laboratory that offers accredited testing is you want to ensure the utmost accuracy and competence. Home paternity DNA testing kits tend to be the general preferred test due to their privacy and affordability. Legal tests are only recommended if you have already started court proceedings. If you are worried about the sample collection for a home test but do not require a legal test, you can either have the people taking part in the test collect the samples together in the same room or as any third party to collect the samples.
If you want to find out more about the accreditation covering your DNA tests click here and send to the accreditation page.