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In a standard peace of mind paternity test, there is usually a sample provided by the mother, potential father and child.
If more people are involved, for example an additional child or potential fathers, they will also need to provide a DNA sample.
Please tell us the total number of people taking part in the test by selecting the appropriate drop-down box at the bottom of this page when submitting your booking.
Ideally yes, but it is possible to do a paternity test without a sample of the mothers DNA.
However, if there are two or more potential fathers, and they are related, we will require additional information. Please see the “Is this the right test for me section” at the foot of the booking form.
Also, if the potential father is not listed on the birth certificate, we will need the mothers written consent before proceeding.
If the mother is not providing a DNA sample, please tick the No box if asked as you submit the booking form.
DNA samples are taken by simply rubbing a test swab a few times on the inside of the cheek. This process collects a small sample of cells which is all we need to extract the DNA and run the Paternity Test.
A sterilised test swab for each of the people involved in the test is included in the DNA Testing Kit.
You don’t need to go anywhere, you can collect the DNA samples required for the test in the privacy of your own home.
One DNA Testing Kit includes everything you need for everyone providing a DNA sample at the same address. You would only need an additional DNA Testing Kit if one or more of the people providing a DNA sample live at a different address.
If one or more of the people providing a DNA sample live at another address in the UK or in a different country we can send a DNA Testing Kit to their address as well.
If this applies to you choose the appropriate selection from the ‘Delivery instructions’ below and let us know how many people are at the second address in the ‘Test Individuals at this Address’ dropdown so we can send the appropriate number of test swabs.
If you have more than two additional shipping destinations please contact our friendly customer liaison team to arrange this.
For a siblingship test, we will need a sample from each of the siblings invoved. We recommend where possible, that any available parents also participate in the test.
Ideally yes, but it is possible to do a siblingship test without a sample of the mothers DNA.
Below are NorthGene’s Terms and Conditions. These can be read online or downloaded in PDF format.
1. NorthGene™ Limited is registered in England under Company No 2914392. Our office is based in The Biosphere, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle NE4 5BX. Our laboratory is registered on the Ministry of Justice list of accredited bodies.
2. In these terms “sample” shall mean any biological sample accepted by NorthGene™ for DNA analysis. “DNA testing” and “DNA analysis” shall refer to any type of relationship analysis and shall be carried out using whatever genetic test(s) is/are deemed necessary by NorthGene™ Ltd and our Laboratory.
3. All fees payable for this service are quoted inclusive of VAT. The standard fee per person for a test will cover the provision of a sampling kit, the performance of DNA testing, the analysis of the test results and the provision of an electronic DNA report. The standard fee does not include:i) Any fees or costs associated with either the taking of samples or their return to NorthGene;ii) The attendance of an Expert Witness at Court hearings;iii) Any extra scientific work required in forensic science investigations, or complex cases.iv) Any additional reports or forms required following the closure of the case including statutory declarations.
4. Client means the individual, an authorised Legal Representative or other body requesting the services.
5. NorthGene™ will only carry out DNA testing when the following have been supplied:i) Completion of our registration documentii) Receipt of all samples relevant to the purpose for which the test is required.
6. NorthGene™ uses a number of ‘Decision Rules’ or cut off values when undertaking statistical DNA analysis for the purposes of relationship tests. Further information pertaining to these rules is available upon request.
7. Part-payment of the required fee is required prior to testing for immigration cases or, in a legal case, agreement to pay against an invoice sent out on registration. Investigations ordered by solicitors, courts or government agencies will be invoiced with payment due by 30 days from the date of invoice. Full upfront payment is required for all peace of mind testing.
8. NorthGene™ reserves the right to withhold the DNA report until payment is made in full. In legal cases it is the responsibility of the referring solicitor to ensure that full payment is made by all parties.
9. If an invoice remains unpaid at the end of the period of grace, an additional administrative fee will be added of 10% of the sum total excluding VAT. After a further 30 days, interest at 2% per month will be added.
10. NorthGene™ does not accept responsibility for the acts or omissions of external samplers (e.g. doctors/nurses/Embassies) or external handlers of samples.
11. NorthGene™ reserves the right to request further samples at the expense of the person requesting the DNA analysis in cases where the quantity or quality of the sample received is not adequate or does not comply with the instructions issued with the testing kit.
12. NorthGene™ will endeavour to produce a report within a reasonable time but cannot accept any responsibility for any delay however occasioned.
13. NorthGene™ will undertake the DNA analysis on the understanding that the final report will be made available to all persons who have provided a sample(s) or who have a lawful interest in the outcome of the test and to any Court that has ordered the analysis or disclosure of the report, unless instructed not to do so. Reports will only be disclosed in writing.
14. Any sample will not be released to any other person or organisation without the donor’s written consent or a Court order.
15. Records will be retained for a minimum of one year from completion of testing, or in the event that samples are not received within this time frame, the case file will be closed. Samples will be destroyed after six months from completion of testing.
16. In the event that you wish to cancel a case after you have registered with us a cancellation charge plus VAT will be levied. The amount of this charge will depend upon the level of work that we have completed up to and including the date of such cancellation. Peace of mind cases are non-refundable. Cancellation charges for all other cases range from £95 to the full amount of the test.
17. In the event of the client, or any individual required to attend by the client, not attending a pre-arranged sample collection appointment or not giving at least 24 hours’ notice of cancellation a fee of £30 inc VAT shall be payable by the client.
18. The Service Provider shall be entitled to use data, results and any surplus samples submitted in any studies relating to statistical and genetic parameters for DNA testing but only in an anonymous manner to prevent the identity of any individual being traceable. Should the Client not wish the Service Provider to use its anonymised information in this manner, or wish to seek additional clarification as to what this entails, they must notify the Service Provider in writing by sending an email to email@example.com
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Our website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect information relating to children without parental or guardian express written consent.
It is important that you read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal information about you, so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your information. This privacy notice supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.
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We may collect, use, store and transfer personal information about you when you access our website and employ our services, as follows:
Where we need to collect personal information by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you, and you fail to provide that information when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with our genetic testing services). In this case, we may have to cancel a product or service, but we will notify you if this is the case at the time. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information pertaining to the cancellation of tests.
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Note that we may process your personal information for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your information. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal information where more than one ground has been set out in the table below.
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Please note that we may process your personal information without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.
We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal information uses, particularly around marketing and advertising.
We may use your Identity, Contact, Technical, and Usage Data to form a view on what we think you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you (we call this marketing).
You will receive marketing communications from us if you have requested information from us or purchased goods or services from us and, in each case, you have not opted out of receiving that marketing.
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You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by contacting us at any time. You can also click on the relevant link in any of our emails sent to you via Mailchimp. Where you opt out of receiving these marketing messages, this will not apply to personal information provided to us as a result of a product/service purchase, warranty registration, product/service experience or other transactions.
In addition, our service agreement with you permits NorthGene™ Ltd to use your data, results, and any surplus biological samples submitted in any studies relating to statistical and genetic parameters for DNA testing, but only in an anonymous manner to prevent the identity of any individual being traceable. Should you not wish NorthGene™ Ltd to use the anonymised information in this manner, or require additional clarification as to what this entails, please contact us.
We will never sell your personal information or share it with third parties who might use it for their own purposes without your express opt-in consent or as set out below.
Any third parties handling personally identifiable information, such as Mailchimp and our laboratory sub-processors, will act as data processor, on behalf of NorthGene. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal information for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal information for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
We may have to share your personal information with the parties set out below:
We may share your personal information within NorthGene™ and its group companies from time to time. This may involve transferring your information outside the European Economic Area (EEA). We ensure your personal information is protected by requiring all our group companies to follow the same rules when processing your personal information. These rules are called “binding corporate rules”.
If you request a transfer of your personal information and this involves a transfer outside of the EEA the expectation is placed upon you as our customer to ensure that appropriate levels of data protection are in place by the data recipient.
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We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.
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Our retention period will usually be 2 years from when we have fulfilled the purposes we collected it for. However, this may be adjusted when we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal information, the purposes for which we process your personal information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements. You may request that your information is destroyed prior to this date by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Client Liaison Team on +44 (0) 191 233 1414.
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You can also contact us via telephone: +44 (0)191 233 1414 or you can write to us at: Compliance Officer 2 Tenth Avenue Deeside Industrial Park Deeside CH5 2UA.
Our privacy notice may be updated from time to time and the latest version will always appear on the NorthGene™ website.
This privacy notice was last updated on 24 March 2022.
✓ We share a mother and are unsure if we share a father
✓ We do not share a mother but think we may share a father
✓ One of us was raised separately so we need to check if we are related through either or both parent
⚠ We may be half siblings but one of us may also be a cousin – You need a Paternity/Maternity Test
⚠ We may be half siblings but one of us may also be an aunt or uncle – You need a Paternity/Maternity Test
✓ Potential fathers are unrelated
✓ Potential fathers are cousins or brothers – Include in Additional Information
✓ Potential fathers are father and son – Include in Additional Information
⚠ Potential fathers are related and the mother does not want to give a sample – Please call