Who needs to be tested?
Both the child and the alleged father need to provide DNA samples for paternity testing. You can opt to involve the mother if required.
How do I take the test?
The DNA test is easy to use and will involve a mouth swab being taken from each subject being tested. You will receive two cotton swabs per person in separate envelopes. One swab is used to take a saliva cell sample from the inside left cheek, and the other swab is used to take a saliva cell sample from the inside right cheek. You should ensure that the cotton swab is completely dry before you place it in the envelope, and that you have clearly labelled each subjectís envelopes for processing. Itís important that you do not consume any coffee, alcohol or tobacco-related products at least four hours before the test. Detailed instructions for how to take each test will be included in your test kit.
What paternity tests are available?
There are four types of paternity tests available from TestDiagnostics. Firstly, you can choose to take a paternity test without maternal involvement. This means that the mother of the child will not need to provide a DNA sample for the testing process. Alternatively, you can choose to take a paternity test with maternal involvement. This means that you need to submit cheek swabs from the child, the alleged father and the mother. Paternity testing with maternal involvement may in some cases be more accurate than without, but this result varies according to the individual being tested.
Secondly, you can choose to take a peace of mind DNA test or a court approved DNA test. A peace of mind DNA test is purely for your own ďpeace of mindĒ. You can take this test in the privacy of your own home if you are concerned about paternity, with no third-party involvement. However, this type of test cannot be used in a court of law or for immigration purposes.
A court approved DNA test can be used for all legal purposes, and requires that a neutral third party or medical professional perform or witness the swab collection. The test subjects submitting their DNA samples must also provide the third party with recent passport photos as well as positive photographic identification such as a passport and utility bill. Please note that this medical professional must be organised by the test subjects themselves and may charge an additional fee which is not included in the TestDiagnostics fees.
How will I get my results?
Your results will be available to download from our secure area just one week after our laboratory receives your completed sample. You need to ensure that you have fully completed all forms and required information included in your test pack so that the laboratory can make the most accurate analysis, in the fastest time possible. If you have taken a court-approved DNA test, a notarised copy of your results and supporting documentation will in addition be posted to your specified address.
All TestDiagnostics DNA testing and analysis is carried out at an accredited laboratory in accordance with the internationally recognised International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Our partner laboratoryís accreditations include CLIA, AABB, Ministry of Justice, A2LA and NATA and our test kits contain FDA-approved components. Our customer service team is on hand 9am to 5pm every weekday to assist you with any questions you may have about our tests and service, and to provide support and advice once you receive your test results. Please contact us if you have any questions you about our tests and/or lab accreditations. Alternatively, please click here for more information about our DNA tests.
TestDiagnostics require prior consent from every person providing a DNA sample for testing purposes. In the case of a minor, the parentís or guardianís consent in required.