• "The laboratory you select must be accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks(AABB)... Under no circumstances should a third party be involved in the process of selecting a lab, scheduling the appointment, or any other process outlined in the next steps."

    U.S. Department of State
  • "Please be aware that many non-accredited businesses advertise on the Internet as being AABB-accredited. It is important to note that these "resellers" - who are not AABB-accredited - will claim to use an accredited lab for their testing. For the purpose of this request, samples collected from and comparative tests arranged through "resellers" will not be accepted. "

    USCIS - California Service Center
  • "The test must be performed directly through an AABB-accredited facility. Please visit the AABB website (ww.aabb.org) to find an accredited lab, which will also coordinate the testing of the claimed relative - if they reside overseas. Please be aware that many non-accredited businesses advertise on the Internet as being AABB-accredited. "

    USCIS - California Service Center
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AABB Accreditation

AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks) is the accreditation and regulating organization of the DNA relationship testing industry. The AABB’s Relationship Testing Accreditation Program is the international gold standard for DNA testing laboratories. The program sets and promotes the highest standards for relationship testing and patients care.

The AABB relationship testing accreditation sets very stringent testing procedures and requires that the accredited laboratories maintain a very high quality assurance program throughout the entire testing process including specimen collection procedures outside of the testing laboratory. To ensure the strict chain of custody of the specimens and results, AABB also requires the following practices:

  1. Identification of the tested parties at the time of collection, which includes verifying IDs and taking pictures of testing participants;
  2. Obtaining consent from adult tested parties and legal guardians for all minor tested parties;
  3. Collection of specimens from the tested parties performed by a trained third-party professional who will document his involvement truthfully;
  4. Proper labeling and packaging of the specimens by the collector;
  5. Testing in the laboratory and staff involvement properly documented;
  6. Shipping and handling of specimen and results properly documented;
  7. Storage and destruction policy of specimens.

Only DNA results produced by an AABB-accredited laboratory are accepted by a court of law and immigration authorities such as USCIS and U. S. embassies for immigration purposes.