Paternity testing facts

Here are more facts about paternity testing

Paternity testing facts

Here, we’ve compiled some of the key facts about paternity testing. 

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 a paternity DNA test to be accepted as evidence in court, the test must be performed by an ISO 17025 accredited DNA laboratory. 

In fact, even if you buy your DNA test from a website who says that they are fully accredited for legal DNA testing, you may not be receiving a fully accredited test from this supplier as they may not have achieved ISO 17025 accreditation for their admin process, and could disclose your information to third parties such as advertisers.

Our DNA laboratory is accredited to the international quality standard ISO 17025, and our legal DNA test results are accepted by Family Court, immigration services, and child maintenance. 

What else can be discovered from a paternity test?

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.

Customers can be reassured that information regarding their test results is only released to those individuals that the customer nominates.

AlphaBiolabs conforms to the requirements of the Date Protection Act. Samples are destroyed after three months and all identification paperwork –hard copy and electronic files – are destroyed after 12–18 months.

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 fertilised egg – share the same genetic material, and will have the same DNA profile. However, they do have their own unique characteristics including fingerprints!

Is home paternity testing legal?

Home peace of mind paternity testing is completely legal, provided the correct consent is given for the sample donors participating in the DNA test.

It is unlawful to have human tissue with the intention of its DNA being analysed, without the consent of the person from whom the tissue came. Failing to obtain or misusing consent for DNA testing could result in penalties of up to three years imprisonment, a fine, or both.

As such, regardless of who is instructing the DNA test, authority is needed from or on behalf of each person whose samples are provided for DNA testing. This is required by all testing laboratories, not just accredited laboratories like AlphaBiolabs.

Any person aged 16 or over must provide their own consent (a signature) to take part in DNA testing.

For children under 16 years of age, consent must be provided by a parent or guardian with guardianship for the child.

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 offer non-invasive prenatal paternity testing. This method of testing requires a blood sample and cheek swabs from the pregnant woman, and cheek swabs from the father.

Unlike other methods of prenatal testing such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS), our prenatal paternity testing is 100% safe and risk-free for mother and baby, with no requirement for needles to be inserted into the uterus.

You can learn more about our prenatal paternity testing here.

Do you need the mother’s DNA sample for a paternity test?

No, the mother’s DNA sample is not required for a paternity test. The test simply requires cheek swab samples to be collected from the child and the alleged father taking part in the test.

Where can I buy a Paternity Test?

For just €109, you can buy the fastest, most accurate paternity test in Ireland online now.

Got a question about our paternity testing? Call our friendly and discreet Customer Services team on 01 402 9466 or email info@alphabiolabs.ie