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Paternity Tests More Accessible


Ever since paternity tests became more accessible it has opened up a can of ethical worms. Guidelines were published in 2001 after these tests became increasingly popular and more readily available. The Code of Practice on Paternity Testing Services came into play six years ago to address concerns of sub-standard DNA tests available to the public. Now guidelines are in place which makes it difficult to find paternity DNA tests that don’t comply to these guidelines.

Tighter Controls

It’s believed there should be tight controls on the paternity DNA tests industry as thousands of tests are carried out every year in the UK. Proving whether or not a man is the biological father of a child can have a far-reaching impact. Paternity tests can be used to determine child maintenance and emotional involvement in a child’s life in disputed cases. Several high profile celebrities who have undergone paternity DNA tests to settle paternity disputes, including Boris Becker, have bought these tests into the public eye over the years. Such tests have become increasingly popular. So much so, that TV shows such as Trisha and The Jeremy Kyle Show use paternity tests on their programmes.

Availability of Tests

Concerns about the increased availability of paternity tests meant guidelines were put in place to ensure everybody received a standard of service for what is ultimately an incredibly sensitive issue. The DNA tests became widely available on the internet, but because DNA tests for paternity involve child welfare, it’s important the interests of the child are cared for and standards are upheld.

DNA Paternity Tests – Established Procedure

Using DNA to establish paternity is now a well-established scientific procedure that has incredible accuracy in establishing relationships. Although doctors before would collect a blood sample, it’s possible to do paternity tests using a mouth swab.

DNA tests to establish paternity are increasingly popular and it’s estimated that over 200,000 are carried out every year. The North West even launched a ‘paternity clinic’ in 2005 to cater for increased demand. Getting your test done has never been easier – using a simple swab they can provide peace of mind with 99.99% accuracy. The guidelines make sure that paternity tests are only carried out with the written consent of the parent responsible for the child concerned.