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How to Select a Paternity Test Lab Take Back Your Power Through Exercising Your Right to Choose

Take Back Your Power Through Exercising Your Right to Choose

Finding the right paternity test lab for DNA testing is no different than finding a good dentist or auto mechanic. The lab is a business, there to provide a service to you, the customer. As a customer, each individual has the right to be treated with respect and dignity, to have their information kept confidential, and to expect their case to be handled in a professional manner without fear of judgment.

The Internet offers a wealth of information on labs that perform DNA testing. Each lab usually has its own website where consumers can find contact information, a list of accreditations, and company history, giving potential customers a good overview of the quality of the company. Within each site, the lab will list the type of testing available, what that test entails, and the cost involved. They discuss payment options and any payment plans they offer as well.

If you're researching a DNA testing lab, take the time to look over a number of sites. Each lab may emphasize a different part of the process and reviewing several pages will give you a better idea of what to expect, plus most include an FAQ section to answer common questions. If you find you still have questions, a quick email may resolve the issue and will also give you a sample of the lab's responsiveness.

A good DNA testing lab will explain each aspect of their procedure. They will offer particulars about sample collection methods, who will be involved, and what participants should bring in the way of identification. Better labs will also describe their testing in greater detail, giving further information about how they determine test results and their guarantees concerning those results. Most labs average three to five working days to communicate final test results.

There are a few specific pieces of information to look for in any lab's business description. First, whether the lab holds an accreditation. Most labs will hold several and you can also check the accreditation scores themselves if further clarification is needed. When handling samples, the lab should perform DNA testing on each sample twice to ensure accuracy. The facility should also check at least sixteen markers, a commonly accepted number for a more accurate test result.

Currently, there are no federal regulations for DNA paternity labs in most states and no requirement that a lab be accredited in order to perform these tests. This gives accreditation even greater importance. DNA testing changes each year as advances are made in procedures and equipment. Inspections and assessment from the CAP or the AABB can lead to accreditation as a Parentage Testing Laboratory, providing consumers an added layer of protection because the lab has proven its methods to an outside agency.

Finally, look for DNA testing with results guaranteed to within a percentage of probability, to 99.99% or better for inclusion and 100% for exclusion of paternity. The lab should guarantee your test results will be to percentage of probability of at least 99.99%, even if the mother isn't tested or if there is a mutation encountered, and do so without any additional fee.