Ireland’s first walk-in centre for DNA, drug and alcohol testing opens in Dublin
Press Release: 16th May 2022
The new walk-in centre, located at Harcourt Centre on Harcourt Road in Dublin, and operated by leading DNA, drug, and alcohol testing provider, AlphaBiolabs, is the first of its kind in Ireland, providing members of the public with support when collecting biological samples for both peace of mind and legally-instructed DNA, drug and/or alcohol tests.
Members of the public using the walk-in centre will have access to experienced clinicians, who have been specially trained to collect a range of samples, including cheek (buccal) swabs for DNA testing, as well as hair, nail, blood, breath, urine, and oral fluid (saliva) samples for drug and/or alcohol testing purposes.
As well as assistance with sample collection for peace of mind DNA tests, such as paternity, maternity, and other types of DNA relationship test, customers can also arrange to have samples collected for legally-instructed DNA, drug, and alcohol tests.
Unlike a peace of mind test, which is done purely for your own personal information, samples for a legally-instructed laboratory test must be collected under strict chain of custody conditions for the results of the test to be admissible in court.
All AlphaBiolabs’ DNA, drug and alcohol test results are court-approved and can be used as supporting evidence in a variety of legal matters, including Family Law Court.
Rachel Davenport, Director at AlphaBiolabs, said: “The opening of the new Dublin walk-in centre marks a major step forward for our customers in Ireland, offering flexibility for those seeking support with sample collections.
“Although our peace of mind DNA test kits have been specially designed to allow people to collect their own DNA cheek swab samples quickly and easily at home, we appreciate that not everyone feels confident collecting their own samples before returning them to our laboratory.
“Our Dublin walk-in centre also enables us to better support those customers instructing us for legal DNA, drug or alcohol testing, with our professional sample collectors able to collect a range of biological samples to carry out court-approved testing.”
Notes to editors
AlphaBiolabs is a leading and award-winning provider of DNA, drug, alcohol, and health testing services in Ireland.
The company employs state-of-the-art techniques to provide timely, accurate, and cost-efficient testing to meet a range of needs. The company’s client base spans consumers, businesses, family and immigration law solicitors, social services, local authorities, and the media.
The company also operates Ireland’s only walk-in centre for DNA, drug and alcohol test sample collection at Harcourt Centre, Harcourt Road, Dublin.