Is the DNA Protected service accredited?

Yes, Cellmark’s dog DNA profiling service is accredited to ISO17025 by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS).

UKAS is the sole national accreditation body recognised by the British government to assess the competence of organisations that provide forensic testing for the police and for use within the Criminal Justice System (CJS).  Cellmark is also accredited by UKAS to the UK Government’s Forensic Science Regulator’s (FSR’s) Codes of Practice and Conduct for forensic science providers and practitioners in the CJS.   The Forensic Dog DNA Database has been designed by Cellmark and is maintained in compliance with the requirements of the FSR’s Codes of Practice and Conduct for reference collections and databases.

Cellmark’s DNA Protected Service is also accredited by Secured by Design as meeting it’s Police Preferred Specification.  Secured by Design is a UK police initiative which aims to help ‘design out’ crime through the use of high-quality, innovative products and processes. 

Other FAQs

How does the DNA Protected service work?

Can I take the sample myself?

Is there a lower age limit for taking a DNA swab?

Why do I need to wait for an hour?

Will DNA Protected give me an indication of my dog's breed?

Will it give me an indication of any health problems/genetic diseases?

Who holds my data/what data is held and who is it shared with?

Who holds the database, what will it be used for and who will have access to it?

Can I get a copy of my dog’s DNA profile?

What happens if I move or the ownership of the dog changes or if my dog dies?

Has the technology been used and accepted in court?

What happens if my dog is stolen or lost?

How long does testing take?

How will dogs be identified using the Forensic Dog DNA Database?

Is the DNA Protected service accredited?

What are the chances of identical twins within a litter?

What’s in the DNA Protected sampling kit?

Is there a discount for breeders or organisations with multiple dogs?

I haven’t received my report, what should I do?

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