The taking of a mouth swab to do a paternity test must be documented by a neutral person (witness). This process is called “witnessed sampling.”
How we use your samples
You give us a swab from the oral mucosa for your DNA test. Each test participant sends us 2 cotton swabs with their samples. A swap contains a very small amount of DNA but it is sufficient for a DNA test. We duplicate the DNA in the laboratory before we do the analysis. By default, we examine 24 gene locations that we compare with one another. It is legally stipulated which method is to be used and how the results are to be evaluated. The probability of kinship or paternity is calculated with a special computer program.
We will destroy your samples after the analysis. We do not keep your DNA. We do not pass them on to other companies.
According to the Genetic Diagnostics Act, we must keep your test results for ten years.
In Germany, all DNA testing is regulated according to the Gene Diagnostic Act which came into effect in February 2010.
Since then it is mandatory that DNA tests must only be performed with the written and formal consent of each participant. No more clandestine tests may be done. Not only the testing laboratory may be liable for prosecution but also the customer who ordered the DNA test.
Accordingly, we are obliged to ensure that all participants have been sufficiently informed and have given their written and formal consent.
For a child under age the mother needs to consent. If she should refuse her consent your only chance is to obtain a court order that enforces her consent.