Forensic DNA Samples – Guidelines and Terms

The following guidelines and terms should be read in advance of sending your forensic DNA samples for your DNA test. Contact us in advance to discuss your case with our technical experts.

  1. The prices shown on the Forensic DNA Test page for each type of discreet sample are in addition to the normal cost of the DNA test you have selected.
  2. Once the DNA is successfully extracted from the sample, this can then be used for any of our DNA tests. The type of sample submitted will not affect the accuracy of the results as once the DNA is extracted it is the same regardless of the sample it is obtained from.
  3. DNA testing using forensic samples can be used only for curiosity purposes since it is not normally possible to verify the source of the sample. Only in cases where it is possible to verify the source of the sample and a strict chain of custody procedure has been observed then the sample may be admissible in a court of law.
  4. easyDNA cannot unconditionally guarantee successful analysis of these samples. Of course, based on the experience of the ISO17025 accredited laboratory, every attempt will be made to provide you with the results you require. Payment is required even where it was not possible to obtain a DNA Profile.
  5. Discounts for sending more than one forensic sample may apply and is normally reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  6. Forensic Testing results are normally available in around 3-5 working days but is case dependent.
  7. We are unable to test samples belonging to any test participants without their informed consent. Any test participant submitting a DNA sample must sign our consent form authorizing us to test their sample. Children under the legal age of consent can have their legal guardian or parent/s sign on their behalf.
  8. We also require that the person from which the DNA sample has been collected be made fully aware of what their DNA sample will be used for. The absence of any form of refusal, comment or assent does not signify consent.

In line with the Human Tissue Act, DNA testing in the UK using forensic DNA samples CANNOT be performed unless the person who’s sample is tested gives consent. In the case of minors, you are able to consent on their behalf if you have parental responsibility.

If you are considering sending a discreet DNA sample, contact us in advance to confirm the costs and any other technical issues relating to your case.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Consent and photographic ID from all parties is required in order to perform a test with a non-swab sample. It is a criminal offence to test a person’s DNA without the informed consent of the person from whom the sample came. We cannot process any samples submitted without the full consent and ID of all participants.