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Paternity Testing

When paternity is disputed, a simple DNA test is usually enough to give the answers you need.

However, it can be an emotional time for everyone concerned - so our sample collectors and lab partners work with solicitors, social services and individuals to establish paternity qucikly, with a minimum of fuss.

The sample collector will usually call to your chosen location - a solicitor's office, home address, placement or other preferred venue. All we ask is that a professional person such as a solicitor is there to to act as a chaperone and witness the procedure.

The process itself is a simple matter of using 4 swabs, which are rubbed inside the cheek for around 1-2 minutes. Following chain of custody protocols, the swabs are then sealed inside a sample pack. Next, the client (or their representative) signs the sample pack and a consent form, before the whole pack is sent to a lab for analysis. Results are then returned within approximately 5 working days.  Other DNA tests, i.e. grandparentage, avuncular, missing parent, siblingship and Y-STR are available and results are then returned within approximately 7 working days.

Our laboratory are Section 20 Accredited and are identified on the MOJ list.

Essential Requirements

Our paternity/DNA tests are fully compliant with legal protocols. Therefore, specific items must be provided at the point of testing.

The mother or putative father (or a relative such as a parent or grandparent) must provide photographic ID, i.e. passport or driving licence.

As regards testing of the child/ren either mother or a person with parental responsibility is required to sign the consent form on the day of test.  Photographic ID must also be provided.

Our sample collectors are provided with equipment in order to take the required passport sized photographs required by the lab.

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Sample
Collection

Hair, Blood and Oral Fluid, collected by fully trained phlebotomists

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Hair, Blood and Oral Fluid Samples, for Drug, Alcohol and DNA Testing

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Analysis Services

 

  • Drug Testing

    Via Hair using our Standard 9 Drug Panel
  • Alcohol Testing

    Via Blood to include CDT (Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin), LFT (Liver Function Test) and FBC (Full Blood Count)
  • Alcohol Testing

    Via Hair to include EtG (Ethyl Glucuronide) and FAEEs (Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters)
  • DNA Testing

    • Paternity
    • Grandparentage
    • Avuncular
    • Y-STR
    • Siblingship
    • Missing Parent
  • Other Testing

    • Steroids
    • Legal Highs “NPS” (New Psychoactive Substances)
    • Other Prescribed/Illicit Drugs outside the Standard 9 Drug Panel