The Current State of DNA Testing Facilities
Every year we receive multiple requests from clients that felt they could not trust the test results they received from another DNA testing company, and wanted to have a re-test done with our laboratory. Unfortunately it is not so uncommon for the clients’ instincts to be right.
Even in countries where DNA testing is very common like the US and in Europe, there are inexperienced companies that do not understand the principles of genetics that perform tests, creating problems for their clients.
It is important to choose a testing facility carefully, as there are even companies out there that do not understand basic concepts of genetics such as POP (Probability of Paternity)
Things to be Careful of when Choosing a DNA Testing Company:
Licenses and special permission is not required for conducting DNA testing services.
However, the results of a DNA test can change people’s lives, so it is imperative that a DNA testing facility provide accurate information to their clients.
You should be wary of companies advertising technology and testing methods developed 20 years or more previous as the ‘latest’ technology.
There are companies that do not even have testing facilities on site that proclaim that they conduct their own testing, and others that display false company information on their homepage. It is not easy to know which companies can be trusted to provide accurate results.
International Accreditation and DNA Testing
In Japan, there are no requirements for licenses such as the ISO/IEC 17025 for conducting DNA testing services.
Unlike our neighbors in Korea, where there are facilities with international accreditation, DNA test results done in Japan are not accepted in other countries.
Testing that does not comply with international certification criteria can lead to frequent mistakes.
We continuously work on improving our testing methods to provide the most accurate results through alliances with research groups around the world.
You can trust seeDNA with your DNA testing.