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Paternity Testing Facts
Here we compiled our DNA paternity testing facts. Just the facts no hard sell.
Learn about DNA paternity testing and some of the more unusual question we get asked.
Is my paternity test really court approved?
A number of companies claim that their tests are “legal” or “Court Admissible” – sadly they may not be. For the results of your paternity test to be accepted as evidence of paternity in UK courts of law under section 20 of the Family Law Act your tester must be on the Ministry of Justice’s list of accredited DNA Paternity Testing suppliers here.
In fact, even if you buy your DNA test from a website who says that they are fully accredited for legal DNA testing and use a laboratory on the Ministry of Justice’s list of accredited DNA Paternity Testing suppliers for their testing, you may not be receiving a fully accredited test from this this party supplier as they will not have achieved ISO 17025 accreditation* for their admin process and could disclose your information to third parties such as advertisers.
To achieve that status the tester must have attained ISO 17025* accreditation and they must affirm that they adhere to the Human Genetics Commission’s “Common Framework of Principles”.
This has been given further credence by the Human Tissue Act which came into force in September 2006 and which places additional restrictions and responsibilities on those conducting DNA Paternity tests. The HTA has requested that (other) DNA testing companies take urgent action to review the content of their websites and their practices to ensure that they are complying with the HT Act and the Code of Practice on Consent.
Other than this guaranteed route it is up to the court whether it decides to accept the results of a DNA test.
What else can be discovered from a paternity test?
Some people may be worried that their sample could be used to discover a whole range of things about them – they need to be reassured that DNA Paternity Testing will not lead to this.
DNA testing can be used to learn a number of things including susceptibility to a range of diseases – however the DNA sample that is taken for our Paternity Test will only be used for Paternity Testing and customers should be reassured that information regarding the test results is only released to those individuals that the customer nominates.
AlphaBiolabs conforms to the requirements of the Data Protection Act – samples are normally destroyed after 3 months and all identification paperwork is destroyed after 1 year.
Is a DNA profile is unique
The chance of two people having the same DNA profile is extremely rare.
However, identical twins, those that have developed from the same fertilized ovum share the same genetic material, will have the same DNA profile. Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints!
Is home paternity testing illegal?
The Human Tissue Act creates the offence of “DNA theft”, making it illegal to test someone’s DNA without their consent. Originally the Department of Health’s voluntary Code of Practice required you to have an independent person taking the sample to ensure that consent is obtained before any testing is done.
Despite this there are a number of internet sites specifically advertising “discrete” or “infidelity” tests which ARE illegal under this Act.
In October 2006 the HTA requested that a number of other DNA testing companies take urgent action to review the content of their websites and their practices to ensure that they are complying with the HT Act and the Code of Practice on Consent.
Additional guidelines have been included in the Human Genetic’s commission‘s “Common Framework of Principles”.
Will you provide my paternity results to Government Agencies?
We never disclose any information to any person or body unless specifically told to release this information by the individuals taking the test. This has never happened in over twenty years of performing DNA paternity testing.
Can you test for paternity before the child is born?
Yes we use a non-invasive prenatal paternity test meaning the test is much safer to the unborn child than the invasive prenatal other testing laboratories use. You can learn more about our prenatal paternity test here.
Do you need the mothers DNA sample for a paternity test?
We do not need the mothers DNA sample to perform a paternity test, but we always ask for it. Not only will providing the mothers DNA sample make the test more accurate, but it shows that you have asked for her consent to take the child’s DNA.
Where can I buy a Paternity Test?
You can buy the fastest, most accurate paternity test in the UK right here from us. At only £99.00 it’s great value too. To buy a paternity test please click here.
We hope you learned a little from our paternity testing facts page, but if you would like some more paternity testing facts please give us a call on: 0333 600 1300.