When people think of DNA testing, they often associate it with words like reliable, high-tech, and accurate. However, the reality is that DNA testing is only as good as the laboratory that performs the testing. In the absence of a government agency that regulates or oversees DNA family relationship testing, laboratories and consumers rely on accrediting agencies, such as the AABB, to set and hold laboratories to DNA testing quality standards. AABB (previously known as the American Association of Blood Banks) is widely recognized throughout the world as the leading accrediting institution for relationship DNA testing.
So what does AABB accreditation mean for the consumer? It means that:
- The DNA testing performed by the laboratory meets or exceeds industry standards set by a panel of distinguished scientists.
- You can use the AABB accredited DNA test results in legal situations. Government entities such as child support and immigration offices worldwide often require that DNA tests be performed by an AABB-accredited laboratory.
- You are assured when the laboratory maintains its accreditation status year after year that it is committed to total quality–that its staff members are receiving continuing education and that the equipment used are kept up to date and in reliable condition.
DDC has held AABB accreditation since 1996, and has received multiple perfect inspection ratings from various accrediting organizations. In addition to AABB, DDC is also certified to international standards via the ACLASS Accreditation Services (ISO/IEC 17025). For a complete list and description of the various accreditations, visit our Accreditations page.
With DNA technology and equipment becoming more accessible and affordable, many companies are now offering DNA paternity tests. However, DNA testing involves much more than the technique and instrumentation–it requires the experience of qualified scientists, careful laboratory protocols, and client service professionals who understand the needs of clients in their particular situations.
For more information on our AABB accredited DNA testing services, call us at 1-800-613-5768.