Why is consent needed for DNA testing?

In this article, we discuss consent for DNA testing, why consent is needed, and whether you can refuse to consent to a DNA test.

Can I do a DNA test without someone knowing?

It is a legal requirement that an adult submitting a DNA sample for the purpose of testing must provide their own consent for their DNA sample to be analysed.

This applies for both peace of mind at-home DNA tests and legal DNA tests for official matters.

Exceptions are:

  • When testing a child under 18 years of age – in these circumstances, a parent or guardian with guardianship for the child can provide consent on the child’s behalf
  • When testing the DNA sample of a deceased person – in this instance the person in question cannot give their consent. This means that a person with a qualifying relationship to the deceased (e.g. spouse, partner, child) must provide consent on their behalf, for the DNA samples to be collected and analysed

It is illegal to perform a DNA test without the appropriate consent.

Can I refuse a DNA test?

Yes, you can refuse to take part in a DNA test if you do not want to provide your DNA sample for any reason.

However, you should be aware that if you are refusing a DNA test for legal reasons, such as during a child maintenance or custody dispute, the court may still decide to order a DNA test.

In these circumstances you could still refuse to participate in the test, but the court would be forced to reach a decision either way without this DNA evidence.

If you are a parent/guardian who is refusing to grant permission for your child’s DNA to be tested for legal matters, the court may override your refusal if it considers that it is in the child’s best interest for the sample to be taken (e.g. during custody disputes).

Where can I buy a DNA test?

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Our award-winning, ISO 17025-accredited DNA laboratory has been helping people find out the truth about their family relationships since 2004.

We offer a wide range of DNA tests to suit all circumstances including paternity, non-invasive prenatal paternity (NIPP), maternity, sibling, twin, grandparent, and aunt/uncle tests.

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