What is the consent form?

All people providing a sample for any type of dadchecksilver DNA test must give their consent by signing the personalised consent form which will be provided with the sampling kit.

We will not process samples for any paternity test or other DNA test unless we have the signed (written) consent of each of the adult participants and if a child under 16 is involved, consent from a person with parental responsibility for the child (or children) taking part.

You should be aware that it is a serious offence, punishable by imprisonment, to personate another body for the purpose of providing a bodily sample (e.g. for a DNA test) or to proffer the wrong child for that purpose.

It is also a criminal offence to have in possession bodily material for which a DNA testing is intended, without appropriate (qualifying) consent. If the consent form has not be signed properly or appropriately, we will not proceed with the test.

If you wish to provide a sample for a dadchecksilver DNA test you must be absolutely sure that it is your sample and that you have signed the consent form which gives us permission to carry out the test.

Please note however that an individual may withdraw their consent at any time during the testing process but not after the paternity or DNA test report has been issued.

Consideration must also be given to older children e.g. 10+years and under the age of 16 years as they are likely to be able to understand the nature and possible consequences of a DNA test. We strongly recommend that the person with parental responsibility discusses the DNA test with the child and takes their views into account.