Home DNA Testing

Curiousity or Court Approved?

DNA@Home allows you to access Cellmark’s reliable, high quality testing services with the convenience of being able to take the samples at home. Taking a DNA sample with a mouth swab is quick, easy and painless and so DNA@Home avoids the additional cost and inconvenience of you having to visit a sampler.

However, if you want to use your results as part of a legal process, for example as part of a child custody case or a maintenance settlement, then you will have to visit our Cellmark website to arrange a ‘Court Approved test’ which will necessitate you having the samples taken and your identity verified by an independent sampler.

Whether you decide to have a DNA@Home test or a 'Court Approved test' it is a legal requirement for you to provide written consent for a child to be tested. You should also consider carefully the implications of having a paternity test before you go ahead, in particular taking into account the best interests of the child.

Important Considerations

Before requesting a DNA@Home paternity test please take time to consider the consequences for yourself and your family of undergoing testing, taking into account the best interests of the child. Relationship test results can sometimes be unexpected and whether the outcome is what you are hoping for or not, the consequences of having the test can be far reaching. In addition there may be legal implications and you may therefore wish to take legal advice through a solicitor or an advice agency such as the Citizens Advice Bureau.

It is therefore important to have thought carefully before you order a paternity test, remembering that at the centre of the decision should be the child involved. If you are not sure, then perhaps it would be best to discuss it further before you go ahead.

However, once you have made up your mind to proceed with testing, please contact us and we will make sure that everthing goes smoothly and you receive a rapid, professional service.

Consent for relationship testing

Under the Human Tissue Act 2004, consent is required for a biological sample to be DNA tested to determine paternity or any other relationship.Written, informed consent must be provided for every sample that is tested: for each adult sample and for each sample taken from a child.

In fact, since 2006 it has been a criminal offence throughout the UK to have a biological sample in your possession, with the intention of analysing its DNA for a paternity test, if it was not given with informed consent. Cellmark therefore provides a consent form for each sample. The consent forms must all be completed and signed by the donor of the sample, or, in the case of a child, by a person who is in a legal position to give consent.

Online Payment

Cellmark uses Paypal to handle the payment and to ensure we receive your orders details are received securely. When you pay with Paypal, your financial information is never shared with us and every transaction is heavily guarded and encrypted to ensure that your financial information is protected.

When you click the Paypal "Buy Now" button to order a test please select the type of test you wish to order and then you'll be transferred to Paypal to complete the transaction. Once Paypal has confirmed that payment has been made we will send you the sampling kits.

As part of that confirmation Paypal sends us a order confirmation email, similar to the one you receive, which contains your contact details. If you are not happy with this approach then please call our customer services team on 0800 043 1987 and we can take your details and payment over the phone.