New York State has specific requirements for DNA testing including:
- Collection by a third party under chain of custody;
- The specimen must be accompanied by a test order from your physician or lawyer;
- The laboratory must hold a New York State Department of Health certificate.
Under New York State Public Health Law (Article 5, Title V, Section 574) and regulations (Part 58-1.10 (g) of 10NYCRR), laboratories performing testing for any specimens collected in the State of New York must hold a New York State clinical laboratory permit or have test request approval for specific tests.
It is important that you only carry out testing through a laboratory holding the required permit, if you are based in New York. The laboratory will guide you to the most appropriate test, depending on your needs. Information the laboratory will ask standard to questions in order to help you find the ideal test. These questions include:
- What type of relationship you wish to determine
- Who is available for testing
Once your samples are received, results will be ready in the specified turnaround time. This could vary considerable depending on the type of test and the laboratory.
NOTE: EasyDNA does not offer DNA testing to individuals in the State of New York. We do not accept or process orders from NY residents. However, we can offer testing in all other US states. To view our list of paternity and relationship tests, click here.
DNA Tests available in the State of New York
Several laboratories offer all parental DNA testing as well as relationship DNA testing services in New York State. However, paternity tests, maternity tests and relationship tests must be ordered by people qualified to order such tests; these include – judges, attorneys and licensed physicians. To read more about persons authorised to order DNA testing, click here.
DNA test results can only be given to people authorised to use such results in their professional / official duties (for example lawyers in court cases). Unlike other US states, New York is the only state where companies are not allowed to sell DNA testing directly to consumers. Selling DTC or even purchasing a DNA test directly yourself could result in harsh penalties, if you are not legally authorised to do this.
Sample collection in New York State
Your physician or lawyer must collect the samples on your behalf. They will be in charge of physically handling the swabs and rubbing the swabs inside the mouth of every test participants, ensuring every step in the required sample collection procedure is followed to the letter. Test participants will need to present a form of accepted identification such as a passport. In cases where this is not available, passport sized photos may be presented as a form of identification – concerned individuals will need to make sure that the face is fully visible without any obstructing hair, headgear etc. the sampler will verify the identification of every person tested.
Results for the test will only be released to the sampler or to the authorised person- the test participants/ patients can only access the results through their sampler (usually a physician, his agent, or other authorized person). In order for results to be released to any of the test participants, official authorisation will need to be given by the physician, his agent or authorised person.