Frequently Asked Questions

You Ask, We Answer !

What kind of samples does the lab need?

We can use a buccal swab (mouth swab), a tube of blood, hair follicles with root. However, we prefer to use the buccal swab sample since it is easy to obtain, completely non-invasive and painless.

Are buccal swabs as accurate as blood?

Yes. Since people have the same DNA in every cell in their body, all sample types give the same results. No sample is “more accurate” than another.

What if the alleged father is in another city?

We will arrange for the alleged father to have his sample collected in his city. The mother and child will be collected in their city, and all the samples will be coordinated as one case when they arrive at our laboratory. Please call us at +971 4 325 5730 to clarify further.

Who needs to be tested?

The test needs the samples from mother, child and alleged father.

Can the test be done without the mother?

Yes We can complete the test accurately without the mother sample. However, this test involves more analysis and may take a few days long to complete.

Do I need a doctor's order or attorney's note to have the paternity performed?

For peace of mind test, NO doctor’s orders are required. Although we frequently confer and collaborate with doctors and many of our cases do involve them, they are not required for you to have the paternity test.

What do I need to bring with me when I go to the Patient Service Centre for my test?

Please bring the Appointment Sheet that was sent to you.

Can paternity testing be performed before the child is born?

YES. With DNA analysis, paternity testing can be performed prior to the birth of the child. Please check the information on www.trigene.ae

Is the lab accredited to perform paternity testing and are the results reliable?

Yes. The lab was among the first to be accredited by the Parentage Testing Committee of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) to perform paternity tests. The AABB is the national standard for paternity testing labs. It also has the accreditation from College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Are the results confidential?

Yes. Because of the sensitivity surrounding questions of paternity, and as with all patient information, testing and the results are strictly confidential. Results are only released to the authorized parties involved.

Is there a minimum age requirement for testing?

No. Paternity Testers DNA testing is not affected by age. Testing can be performed on fetuses and even deceased persons.

Can testing be done if the mother, alleged father, or both are missing or deceased?

Yes. With DNA analysis, paternity testing can still be performed, although the test would involve more analysis. If the mother and/or alleged father are deceased, samples can be collected and testing can be performed after their deaths. In cases where one or both parents are unavailable, testing involving grandparents is possible. Samples are collected from the alleged paternal grandparents, and analysis is performed to determine if they are excluded from grandparent. If not, the chance the alleged grandparents transmitted the genes to their son is calculated and used to determine the probability of paternity. If the alleged paternal grandparents are unavailable, testing can be performed on the alleged father’s siblings or other offspring, although the evidence supporting the probability of paternity is not as strong.

How much does the test cost?

Please find out the prices by clicking Test Options.

What form of payment do you accept?

We accept the following mode of payment.

  • Pay By Cash
  • Pay By Credit Card
  • Bank Transfer
  • Pay By Cheque

Is relationship testing covered by health insurance?

No, paternity testing is not covered by health insurance because it is not a medically necessary procedure.

Can I get a test kit free of charge?

Kits will be sent to you once the payment is confirmed for the test. There is an extra charge to mail the kit to you.

Can someone help me to collect the sample?

Yes, if you are not comfortable taking the sample by yourself, we will be happy to help you with sample collection. You need to visit our office for collecting the sample. Please call us at +971 4 325 5730 for further information.

How do I get an appointment?

Call us: +971 4 325 5730 or Email us: info@easternbiotech.com to make an appointment or ask about home testing kits.

What do I need to bring to the appointment?

For peace of mind test, no additional documents are required. You need to sign a consent form when your sample will be collected.

For legal test, you will need to present proper identification (passport), which the sample collector will verify and photocopy. You will also have to bring 3 copies of photographs and your thumbprint will be taken. You will need to sign a form giving your consent for the test.

The collector will help to collect your DNA samples using simple buccal swabs—cotton-like swabs that need to be rubbed against the inside of your cheek to gather loose cheek cells. The collector will then send all the samples to our laboratory.

How long does it take to get results?

The report is e-mailed to you.

How do I get my result?

The report is emailed to you.

What do the results look like, and how do I interpret them?

Please click view a sample report. Your sample was used to analyze specific DNA regions. A true biological father of any child would possibly share, not one, but all of the different combinations in each of the tested region. It is very unlikely that any two strangers picked at random would share the same DNA sequence combination, at any of these specific regions.

Can I present my report to the court of law?

None of this analysis will be valid in UAE court. The test for any legal issues in UAE will only be accepted in case the analysis is carried out in the Foreign sic laboratory of UAE.

However, the reports are acceptable in the UK, Canada, and USA courts.