February 6, 2006. DDC Press Release. DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) has successfully renewed its ISO 17025 accreditation by Forensic Quality Services-International (FQS-I). FQS-I is the United States’ longest established provider of ISO accreditation for forensic science testing laboratories. DDC is one of the first private DNA identity testing laboratories in the nation to achieve accreditation under the ISO 17025 standards.
DDC (www.dnacenter.com) specializes in human identity testing and its applications in paternity, family relationship, and forensic DNA testing. It is the largest privately owned DNA testing laboratory in the United States.
Two inspectors conducted a three-day on-site review of DDC’s standard operating procedures, documentation, qualifications of laboratory personnel, and equipment. In addition to the ISO 17025 standards, which specify standards for general laboratory procedures and techniques, FQS-I inspectors also used Field-Specific Criteria from internationally accepted guidelines for forensic testing.
The accreditation from FQS-I is another testament to DDC’s stringent, high-quality testing services. DDC is the only private laboratory accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors–Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB–International). In addition, DDC is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), receiving a “commendable practice” recommendation in its most recent inspection for its Dual Process™ procedure for paternity testing.
DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) is the world’s largest provider of private paternity tests. Since 1995, DDC has performed hundreds of thousands of genetic tests for clients in all 50 U.S. states and around the world. DDC offers comprehensive DNA testing services in several specialty areas: family relationship testing, forensics, and veterinary DNA testing. As the leading force in the private DNA testing industry, DDC was one of the first to adopt robotics technology in its laboratory processes for stringent and efficient handling of DNA samples. DDC’s unique Dual Process™ and extended DDC Plex™ panel ensure results of unmatched quality and reliability.
DDC’s quality DNA testing services are nationally and internationally recognized by a number of professional accrediting organizations such as the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), American Association of Crime Laboratory Directors–Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB-International), the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and the Forensic Quality Services (FQS-I, ISO/IEC-17025).