There are many circumstances where samples for a Paternity DNA Test cannot be obtained via the usual method of using mouth swabs. In these cases, a Discreet Paternity Test could be the answer.
Discreet Paternity Tests can be carried out using a wide range of different samples, including fingernail clippings, hair, blood stains, teeth, ear wax, mucus and semen. Objects which have been in close contact with the person who needs to be tested, such as cigarette butts, drinking straws and even drink cans, can also potentially be used.
How Reliable is a Discreet Paternity Test?
The effectiveness and reliability of each Discreet Paternity Test depends on the type of tissue or object being used. For instance, semen has a 90% success rate, while cigarette butts only have a success rate of 60% or less.
Nevertheless, you have our assurance that we will do our best to ensure as accurate a result as possible. Our state-of-the-art processes enable us to give you the highest level of service at all times.
How Much Does a Discreet Paternity Test Cost?
Prices vary depending on the type of sample – see the table below for more information on what samples can be used, the additional testing cost and its estimated success rate. All our prices are based on the additional extraction processes and analysis that are required to work with the different types of samples.
PLEASE NOTE that all the costs listed below are in addition to the cost of the actual DNA Test they are being used for and are per sample per person. It is not necessary to send the same type of sample for each participant. For example, we can use mouth swabs for mother and alleged father but nail clippings for a child if you do not want the child to question why you are collecting a mouth swab sample. A parent or legal guardian must still provide consent for a child to be tested.
Using an alternative DNA source will typically add 2 working days to the testing time although this may be longer for more complicated samples such as teeth or bone.
However, you can rest assured we will take the shortest time possible before sending you your results, so you will not have to wait too long before you get the answers.
The Law and the Human Tissue Act
It is important to note that this type of DNA testing cannot be carried out in the UK without the consent of each person being tested. In other words, we cannot accept samples taken from anyone without their knowledge.
The Human Tissue Act of 2004 regulates how any type of biological tissue is used. The Act has made it illegal to collect DNA samples from anyone without their informed consent. This means you cannot take a sample from someone under false pretences – they must be made fully aware of what their sample is going to be used for.
If you have parental responsibility for a child you can give consent on their behalf.
The Human Tissue Act applies to the United Kingdom.
Please click here to read more about DNA Testing and The Human Tissue Act.
Certain exemptions apply to the collection of samples under the Human Tissue Act. These include any sample collected before 1st September 2006, when the law was put in place. Other exemptions may apply, so Contact Us if you are not sure, and our experienced customer service team will be able to assist you in complete confidence.