How to perform DNA testing

Contents of a test set

DNA paternity testing is done by a saliva sample


In our test kit you will find everything you need to take the samples and send them back to us savely.


Contents of a test kit


**  Envelope
We provide you with envelopes to pack each person's samples. To avoid the contamination of your samples, please use our envelopes only. Please label each envelope:

  • Date of sampling
  • Your order ID
  • First name, last name, date of birth
  • your role: putative father/ mother/ child or different role
  • gender: male/ female
  • Ethnic group: european/ african/ asian or different

**  Unique Order ID
your receive your Order ID with your order confirmation


**  Swabs
The sterile swabs you find in your test kit should be used for the sampling. Please don't eat, drink or smoke 30 min before your sampling and make sure that only 1 person uses 1 specific set of swabs.

Your sampler is physician? You can also use sterile swabs the physician may provide you with. 


**  Forms & documents
Together with your sampler, please fill in the forms your find in the test kit.

Besides, please provide us with a copy of the ID for each participant. The ID's photo needs to be sharp and clear. In case a participant is under age all persons having custody need to give their written consent and also provide us with a clar copy of their ID. The start of the analysis may be delayed if the paperwork is incomplete.


**  Return envelope
Please carefully pack and return all samples and papers back to us in sufficiently prepaid envelope:

Eurofins Forensik GmbH
Anzinger Str. 7a
D - 85560 Ebersberg


Procedure of sampling


Witnessed Sampling

Together with your sampler you now fill in all forms and sign everything accordingly. To make the sampling easy we have compiled a flyer (PDF) that explains all necessary steps.

Please note: for participants under age all persons having custoday must give their written consent.

After taking the samples the sampler returns the swabs to their respective envelope and seals it. All sample envelopes and documents will now be placed in the return envelope which also need to be sealed.

We conduct your Witnessed Sampling

We may take your samples in our lab. Please contact us.


According to the German Gene Diagnostics Act scientists of your chosen DNA laboratory have to ensure to maintain the "chain of custody" - procedure during the sampling and the performing of the DNA analyses.

Therefore, you may of course make an appointment and visit our premises in Ebersberg near Munich to have a witnessed DNA sampling. 


Of course, many of our customers just don't live near enough. According to the law certain exceptions are granted in the "Richtlinien zum Gendiagnostikgesetz", Par. IV (Guidelines of Gene Diagnostics Act, German PDF).


Hence, you may also ask another independant person to oversee and verify the procedure of witnessed sampling. This can be:

  • your GP
  • an employee of the youth welfare center
  • a Public Health officer
  • a pharmacist
  • a midwife
  • hospital staff


How to find a sampler:


In case you should not want to make an appointment with your GP you can search here for a sampler  

How much does a sampling cost?


Witnessed sampling in our premises: 79 € / appointment.

Please call beforehand.


Other samplers: if you fix a date for a witnessed sampling with somebody other than us you should ask for their costs. They may invoice you as private patients.


Please note: The GP you chose to perform your witnessed sampling does not need to be specified in a certain medical discipline.

Whose samples are needed for a paternity test

For a paternity test we need the samples of the child and the alleged father.


A DNA analysis can be conducted with only the samples of the child and the alleged father (a so-called deficiency cases, our Paternity Test Basis).


The results will always be indisputable and accurate. But the inclusion of the mother in the test will strenghten the conclusion of the report and increase the statistical percentage of paternity.

Who needs to give consent to DNA Tests?

All participants need to give their written consent


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.

How do I send DNA samples for paternity testing

The DNA samples can be returned by normal post


In our test kit you will find everything you need for the shipment of the samples:

  • self adhesive sample envelopes
  • the complete documentation
  • an addressed and pre-paid return envelope


After the sampling, the samples of each participant should be packed into one of the sample envelopes. Please make sure that each envelope is labelled correctly. After filling out and signing all documentation please just put everything in the prepared return envelopes. They are already addressed and the postage is paid for the shipping within Germany

How long does DNA testing take?

We conduct your paternity test in 3- 4 working days


Before starting the analyses we need your samples, the complete documentation and consents of all participants.

A paternity test "Basis" will then be completed within 4 working days. The Test "Premium" will take only 3 days until completion.

We will subsequently send your test results.


Handling time for sibling tests and other relationship tests


The processing time depends on the test you need and the samples you can provide us with. A standard sibling test could take up to 1 week. On the other hand, a paternity test can take even more than 2 weeks if we have to do without the samples of the alleged father. If we test siblings and grandparents to find your father it may easily take up to 4-5 weeks to come to a conclusion.


In any case, we can give you a relatively accurate assessment of the processing time for your specific case before we even start testing.


So, please let us talk about your questions. Our experienced support team can also help you to decide what test is the best in your case. You can then decide if you want to trust us with your DNA test.

How will I receive my DNA test results?

The DNA report will be send by post and by email


We provide you with an official and fully detailed DNA report by postal mail. In this report we will explain what we did in the analysis and what results could be drawn from your DNA.


You will receive an advance email report for the Paternity Test Premium

For example, the results for a paternity analysis will give a 100% probability if the alleged father is excluded as the biological father.

It means he cannot be the father of the tested child because the analysis clearly shows that there is no paternal line between the alleged father and the child


If the alleged father is not excluded to be the biological father the statistical probability will be 99,99% or higher. The man is considered to be the biological father.


Every DNA report is written by experienced scientists. We send your report by postal mail immediately after the completion.

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