The first UK approved and regulated DNA paternity testing kit is to be made available nationally via Boots, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.
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Assuredna is described as a simple, safe and proven test that processes and returns paternity results in one to five days.
It means consumers, for the first time, will have nationwide access to a trusted UK based testing service via the high street.
But the service will set you back around £160. The test is available to anyone aged 16 or over and retails at £29.99, plus an additional lab fee of £129, for the standard 5 day service.
The assuredna paternity test also requires signed consent and identification documents from father, child, and mother in order for the test to be processed.
If the child is under 16-years-old, the mother must consent for the child to be tested.
Manufacturer Anglia DNA insists assuredna provides paternity testing for peace of mind purposes – not non-consensual testing. For this reason, the test cannot be conducted without the father’s and mother’s consent.
The test kit is easy to use, safe, and reliable with accuracy of results in excess of 99.99%, says Anglia DNA, a leading DNA testing service accredited to the ISO 17025 International Standard, and thoroughly regulated by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS).
The company is monitored by the Ministry of Justice and regularly audited to ensure that the laboratory complies with all relevant legislation such as the Human Tissue Act 2004.
Before samples are taken, consumers must first call the Anglia DNA helpline and speak with a trained member of staff to find out if the test is suitable for them.
Families are encouraged to contact support groups and all customers are offered an aftercare call post result. Customers are also able to call the helpline at any stage during and after the testing process.
Samples are taken from father, child and mother with a cotton swab. The swab is rubbed over the inside of the mouth, to remove cells containing DNA.
The swabs are then placed in the correct colour coded envelopes, sealed and posted to Anglia DNA for analysis.
Some families are uncertain about the paternity of their children, and every year in the UK the father’s name is left blank on approximately 50,000 birth certificates.
Research has estimated that 1 in 25 assumed ‘fathers’ in the UK are actually not the biological father. The assuredna paternity test is designed to simply and accurately resolve uncertainty over paternity.
“Every paternity issue is different, but for the majority of cases, families receive the results they were expecting,” says Dr Mandy Hartley, technical manager at Anglia DNA, manufacturer of assuredna.
“Assuredna provides families with peace of mind so they can move on with their lives. Around half of all tests we conduct are related to children under 12 monthsiii, helping confirm paternity before the child has matured and is fully aware.”