Which Paternity or DNA Testing Company Should You Choose?

Choosing a Paternity Testing Company

The following questions should be asked when establishing a relationship with a DNA testing company or laboratory.

  1. Is the laboratory AABB Parentage Testing Committee accredited for DNA parentage testing?
  2. AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) accreditation follows an intensive review and inspection of laboratory policies and procedures by the Inspection and Accreditation Committee of the Association, and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performances within the DNA Identity Testing Laboratory meets or exceeds the standards set by the AABB.

  3. How long has the company been in business and how many tests have they completed?
  4. Make sure that the company is well established and that there are no outstanding complaints filed. Contact the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org and/or the company’s local Chamber of Commerce. Ask the company directly about their customer service department and how they handle complaints or disputes.

  5. 3. Does the lab accommodate your payment and testing needs?
  6. Spend time reviewing all the information available at the company’s website and make a list of any questions that may be uncovered or unclear. Make sure you obtain the total price of your test including any shipping charges or collection fees.

    If the test has special circumstances such as an absent alleged father or related alleged fathers, make sure this information is adequately covered by the website or discussed with a customer service representative or case manager.

  7. 4. If the test is being performed for legal purposes, does the lab have a history of high legal acceptance?
  8. The acceptance of DNA testing varies from state-to-state. Ask the DNA testing company if any properly documented chain of custody results have not been court admissible.

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