Ethical Practice

Responsible and Ethical Testing

NorthGene takes the responsibility of offering an ethical relationship testing service very seriously.

In compliance with the Human Tissue Act 2004 no DNA test will be carried out without the consent of each person involved or, in the case of a child, the consent of someone with parental responsibility.

In most cases  the person with parental responsibility is the mother, NorthGene do not carry out DNA tests without the consent of the mother unless the father has parental responsibility. The most common ways in which a father may have parental responsibility is if he is named on the birth certificate of the child born after 1st December 2003 or he was married to the mother of the child at the time of birth. A parental responsibility order can also be obtained from the courts.