DNA testing methods evolve at a rapid pace. To ensure our laboratory’s top performance in all aspects of our testing services, we participate in several voluntary accreditation programs. These programs verify the reliability of our equipment, the qualifications of our laboratory staff, and the soundness of our testing methods and standard operating procedures.
American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
The AABB’s Relationship Testing Accreditation program is the international gold standard for DNA paternity testing laboratories. The program establishes and promotes the highest Standards of testing quality and care for patients in all aspects of parentage and other relationship testing. Most courts and other government agencies require DNA tests to be performed by AABB-accredited laboratories. DDC initially received AABB accreditation in 1996. This is a reflection of DDC's total quality commitment.
ANAB Accreditation Services (ISO/IEC 17025) (formerly ACLASS Accreditation Services)
ANAB is an international laboratory accreditation organization. Their rigorous inspection procedures are recognized by ILAC, APLAC, and IAAC through the signing of Multilateral Recognition Arrangements. ISO/IEC 17025 is the international standard set for ensuring the technical competency of laboratories. ISO/IEC 17025 covers every aspect of laboratory management, ranging from sample preparation to analytical testing proficiency to record keeping and reports.
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board-international is the most stringent accreditation program for forensic DNA laboratories. DDC has the distinction of receiving accredition after the first inspection—further evidence of our laboratory's unceasing commitment to excellence.
College of American Pathologists (CAP)
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own laboratory inspection program. DDC has maintained its accreditation under the CAP program since 2004
CAP accreditation also requires laboratories to participate in its Proficiency Testing Program, in which CAP sends samples to the laboratories for DNA testing and evaluates the laboratories’ results. Many laboratories participate in this program but do not obtain accreditation, which entails a more rigorous, on-site laboratory inspection. DDC is one of few laboratories that participate in and have perfectly passed both proficiency testing and laboratory accreditation programs.
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
The NYSDOH certification permits laboratories to perform DNA tests on cases originating from New York. NYSDOH rigorously inspects the entire testing service, including processes performed outside the lab, such as chain of custody and patient referrals.
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
The CLIA accreditation issued by the U.S. Department of Health ensures laboratory results are timely, accurate, and reliable. DDC has been accredited by CLIA for over 10 years.
Standards Council of Canada (SCC)
The SCC is Canada’s national accreditation body. Because SCC accreditation is based on internationally recognized criteria (ISO/IEC 17025:2005), SCC accreditation provides confidence and credibility both in Canada and abroad. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) lists DDC/DNA Diagnostics Center as an approved laboratory, and accepts results from laboratories accredited by the SCC. Laboratories are not required to be physically present in Canada to be accredited by the SCC, and some laboratories may carry out DNA analysis and retain personal information outside of Canada.
National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA)
NATA is a national organization that provides the independent assurance of the technical competence of a laboratory meeting stringent international and Australian standards. The NATA accreditation provides a foundation of confidence in DDC’s ability to provide consistently reliable and accurate testing.
DDC testing adheres to both the Australian Family Law Act Regulations 1984 and the international ISO/IEC 17025 standards. DDC can be found on www.nata.com.au/ as a NATA accredited laboratory along with our certificate and scope of accredited testing.
Ministry of Justice (MOJ)
The MOJ is a ministerial department that works to protect the public and reduce reoffending while providing a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public within the UK.
DNA Diagnostics Center is a body that has been accredited by the Ministry of Justice as a body that may carry out parentage tests directed by the civil courts in England and Wales under section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969.