In pursuit of high quality DNA testing, DDC is accredited for both forensic and paternity testing.
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory accreditation board is the most stringent accreditation program for forensic DNA laboratories. DDC has the distinction of receiving accreditation after the first inspection back in 2005—further evidence of our laboratory’s unwavering commitment to excellence.
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
The NYSDOH certification permits laboratories to perform DNA tests on cases originating from New York. The New York State Department of Health rigorously inspects the entire testing service, including processes performed outside the lab such as chain of custody and patient referrals.
AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks)
The AABB’s Relationship Testing Accreditation program is the international gold standard for DNA paternity testing laboratories. The program establishes and promotes the highest standards of testing quality and care for patients and clients in all aspects of parentage and other relationship testing. Most courts and other government agencies mandate that DNA tests be performed by AABB-accredited laboratories. DDC received its initial AABB accreditation in 1996 and received AABB’s commendable practice recognition in 2004 for our Dual Process™.
ACLASS Accreditation Services (ISO/IEC 17025)
ACLASS is an international laboratory accreditation organization. Their rigorous inspection procedures are recognized by ILAC, APLAC, and IAAC through the signing of Multilateral Recognition Arrangements. ISO/IEC 17025 is the international standard set for ensuring the technical competency of laboratories. ISO/IEC 17025 covers every aspect of laboratory management, ranging from sample preparation to analytical testing proficiency to record keeping and reports.
College of American Pathologists (CAP)
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent that the government’s own laboratory inspection program. DDC has maintained its accreditation under the CAP program since 2004. In addition to on-site laboratory inspection, CAP accreditation requires laboratories to participate in its Proficiency Testing Program in which CAP sends samples to the lab 3 times a year for DNA testing and evaluates the lab’s results. DDC has participated in the proficiency program since 2004 and has had 100% accuracy with the expected relationship interpretation on all surveys.
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
The CLIA accreditation issued by the US Department of Health ensures laboratory results are timely, accurate, and reliable. DDC has been accredited by CLIA for over 19 years.