Accredited DNA testing is a term that often pops up when you search for DNA testing services. But what exactly does it mean?
In simple terms, it means that the laboratory handling the DNA samples has received specific accreditations, credentials, and ratings in the scientific field.
To ensure the highest level of quality and accuracy, it is essential that the laboratory conducting DNA paternity and family testing hold accreditations from reputable organizations such as AABB and ISO.
The Origin and Role of AABB and ISO
The Evolution of AABB
In 1947, the AABB (aka the American Association of Blood Banks) was born, back when blood was the primary source for DNA testing. However, advancements in technology have allowed for non-invasive DNA collection methods. In 2005, AABB changed its name to be known solely by its acronym and adopted the tagline “Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide” to reflect its broader interests.
The Birth of ISO
In 1946, delegates from 25 countries gathered in London to establish an organization that would coordinate and unify international industrial standards. They named this organization the International Organization for Standardization, deriving its name from the Greek word “ISOS,” meaning equal. ISO began its official operations in February 1947.
The Role of AABB and ISO
AABB and ISO are the dynamic duo of the DNA world, working tirelessly to ensure that all genetic testing is safe and reliable. Accredited laboratories undergo meticulous inspections and must demonstrate adherence to testing procedures and facility requirements. These labs also participate in proficiency tests to validate their competency.
The AABB Accreditation Program stands out as the only program in the United States accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), a prominent global healthcare external evaluation program. With members from 164 countries, AABB has gained international recognition for its commitment to quality.
On the other hand, the ISO is a non-governmental organization that brings together experts worldwide to establish standards for products and services. These standards ensure safety, reliability, and quality.
ISO International Standards are developed through a consensus process involving industry experts. Accreditation requirements are then administered by impartial bodies like ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board).
Benefits of AABB & ISO Accredited DNA Testing to You
Accreditation by AABB and ISO significantly enhances the accuracy and reliability of DNA paternity testing. Accredited laboratories undergo regular inspections and reassessments, ensuring their continued adherence to high-quality standards.
It is better to be safe than sorry, so get a DNA test whether or not the law requires it. And a reliable, well-established DNA testing facility will help with that. While results from home DNA tests processed by accredited labs may not be admissible in court, they are just as precise and accurate as court-admissible results.
About our Accredited Laboratory
LabCorp voluntarily participates in both distinguished accreditation programs, fortifying the validity, precision and accuracy of their results. By continuously submitting to and passing these programs, LabCorp, demonstrates effectiveness in their testing methods and procedures. It signifies that their laboratory staff is not only qualified, but reliable. Most importantly, it reveals Test Me DNA’s partnership with LabCorp is of international standards.