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Orchid utilizes a network of over 5000 collection sites worldwide.
Accreditations

Orchid Cellmark holds multiple accreditations from various organizations and adheres to the standards of each accrediting organization. Compliance by our laboratories to these accreditation requirements provides assurance to our clients that test results provided by Orchid Cellmark are of the highest quality. Clink on the links above to learn more about our accreditations.
Legal Paternity Testing

A legal DNA paternity test involves the collection of painless cheek swab samples by an unbiased, third party specimen collector. Orchid Cellmark has over 5000 sites nationally.

The procedure also involves a strict Chain of Custody procedure which includes:

  • Verification of government issued photo ID for each adult tested party
  • A photograph of each tested party
  • The signature for each adult tested party

The results of a properly administered court ready test can be used in a legal matter or to change the name on a birth certificate. We routinely report testing results with a probability of paternity of 99.99% or higher on inclusions and 0.00% on exclusions.





WHICH TEST IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
At Home Test* VS. Legal Test

Easy-to-follow kit allows for collection of painless cheek swab samples in the privacy of your own home

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Painless cheek swab samples are collected by a third party at one of Orchid Cellmark's 5,000+ national sites, providing a "chain of custody"

Referred to as "curiosity test", the at-home kit provides answers when you just need to know

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Provides court ready answers that may used to resolve custody disputes and legal matters

Results in 2 business days from when the last sample is received

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Results in 2 business days from when the last sample is received

Positive test results are routinely 99.9% or higher

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Positive test results are routinely 99.9% or higher

Costs $199 price

Costs $495

Fee includes sample collection(s) within U.S.

*The AABB does not accredit for non-chain of custody testing at this laboratory or any other laboratory.

Establishing a Chain of Custody creates a paper trail to ensure the DNA sample has not been tampered with during each step of the process. This includes verification of government issued photo id for each adult tested, photo of each party tested, and signature for each adult tested.