What is AABB accreditation?

AABB accreditation is the most widely recognized certification for DNA paternity testing laboratories and is considered the gold standard in the industry.  AABB (formerly called the American Association of Blood Banks) establishes rigorous standards of quality with respect to sample collection, laboratory analysis, experience, competence, confidentiality and safety, and ensures that accredited facilities comply with these standards through regular on-site inspections.  AABB is approved by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services as an organization whose accreditation qualifies a laboratory (in most states) to perform chain-of-custody paternity testing for family court cases (involving child support, custody, etc.).
View or print PDF File of accredditation certificateAABB is also approved by the U.S. Department of State and USCIS, which require that DNA relationship tests to be used for U.S. immigration purposes be performed only by AABB-accredited facilities.  If your results will be presented as evidence to any government authority or official tribunal, then you should ensure that an AABB-accredited facility performs the testing.  In so doing, you can be confident that the results are not only trustworthy, but also unlikely to face judicial challenge or rejection.  LB Genetics is proud to be one of the few (less than 40) DNA testing facilities currently accredited by AABB.

 

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