DNA Testing & Consent
DNA and Genetic testing can potentially be life changing. For this reason it is essential that every individual who is having a DNA test carried out, either on their own or as part of a DNA test (such as a Paternity Test), provides full and informed consent to testing.
This means that the person is fully aware of the type of DNA test that is being carried out and the potential outcomes of the test.
If a child (under the age of 16 in the UK) is being tested, then a person with full parental responsibility must sign consent on behalf of the child.
- Parental Responsibility for DNA Testing and child consent form when the mother is not having her DNA tested.
- The Human Tissue Act on Consent to DNA Testing