When people think of DNA testing, they often associate it with words like reliable, high-tech, and accurate. The reality, however, is that DNA testing is only as good as the laboratory performing the testing. In the absence of a government agency regulating or overseeing 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.
What Does AABB Stand For?
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. AABB accreditation is important for the consumer for the following reasons:
- DNA testing performed at AABB accredited facilities meets or exceeds industry standards set by a panel of distinguished scientists.
- AABB accredited DNA test results can be used 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.
- Maintaining accreditation status year after year indicates a laboratory is committed to high quality. Moreover, this means employees receive continuing education and testing equipment is up to date and in reliable condition.
DDC has held AABB accreditation since 1996, while also receiving multiple perfect inspection ratings from various accrediting organizations. In addition to AABB, DDC is also certified to international standards via ANAB ISO/IEC 17025. For a complete list and description of our various accreditations, visit our accreditations page.
Should I Trust DNA Laboratories That Aren’t AABB Accredited?
Since DNA technology and equipment are now more accessible and affordable than ever, many companies offer DNA paternity tests. But it’s important to keep in mind that DNA testing involves far more than technique and instrumentation. It requires the experience and expertise of qualified scientists, careful laboratory protocols, and client-service professionals who understand the unique needs of each client. In fact, labs serving customers in the United States and Canada should be accredited by other key organizations in addition to the AABB.
Labs with poor or nonexistent reputations aren’t worth spending money on, even if they seem like a good deal. Reputable labs can deliver accurate results quickly because they have adequately-trained staff and advanced equipment to do so.
If you’re looking for a high-quality lab you can trust to deliver accurate results, you’ve come to the right place. Find out more information about our AABB accredited DNA testing services or call us at 1-800-929-0847.
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