Accreditations are very important for a laboratory. They let the public know that the laboratory has taken the time to achieve a high level of technical excellence and followed the standards set in place by those who most understand the practice of paternity testing.
Accreditations are not a form of government regulation, however. Accreditations are a sign of quality, but do not guarantee it. We at DNA Dimensions certainly are in favor of accreditations—it is better than no standards at all. But like any voluntary program, there are good labs, better labs, and GREAT Labs.
The lab that will be conducting your testing is the very finest. They have received several perfect scores on inspections, a claim no one else can make. Their results are 100% trustworthy. They not only encourage others to inspect their lab, they are also inspectors themselves, training, advising, and inspecting other DNA laboratories around the world—ensuring quality at every step or recommending immediate changes for those that do not comply.
Here is a list of the accreditations our lab currently maintains:
ISO 17025: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is "a network of national standards institutes from 148 countries working in partnership with international organizations, governments, industry, business and consumer representatives." As the world's largest developer of standards, ISO is committed to raising the level of quality, safety and reliability for consumer goods and services. ISO certification is recognized around the world as a sign of excellence and integrity.
CAP: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is the principal organization of board-certified pathologists, serving and representing the interests of patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine.
CLIA: Congress passed the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) through the US Department of Health & Human Services in 1988, establishing quality standards for all laboratory testing to ensure the accuracy, reliability and timeliness of patient test results regardless of where the test was performed.