DNA Sample Collection Instructions
Once you place your order with EasyDNA, a DNA testing kit will be dispatched to the address supplied. All home DNA sample collection kits are sent in discreet packaging with no company or content labels meaning you can have your mind at rest that the test is done in total anonymity.
There is no collection of blood, any pain, nor needles, etc. A simple sample collection of your saliva using our oral swabs is all we need to carry out DNA analysis in the laboratories.
Use this sample collection guide to familiarize yourself with the DNA sample collection process from start to finish. Knowing this information will facilitate things for you when your kit arrives in the mail.
Note: everyone participating in the DNA test should carefully read these instructions prior to providing their sample. Refrain from eating or drinking anything for at least on half hour prior to collecting the saliva samples. Traces of food or beverages present in the mouth at the time of the sample collection may contaminate DNA samples.
Clinic or Home Sampler Sample Collection
EasyDNA offers a special DNA sample collection service to all its clients. Instead of collecting your own samples, you can choose to get your samples collected at a clinic by a qualified person or have a mobile sampler come to your house and collect the samples from all the individuals taking part in the test. EasyDNA works with a vast network of clinics and mobile samplers across the country. More information can be found by visiting our home and clinic sample collection.
Our DNA test kit contains oral swabs (also called “buccal swabs”). Watch our brief sample collection video to learn how to collect your samples or read the more detailed step by step instructions below.
Inside the kit you will find 3 different colored envelopes – one pink, one blue and one yellow. Each envelope contains oral swabs for one person being tested. We provide enough for three people.
You will also find a submission form which must be completed carefully, using block letters. It is important that signatures are included and that writing is legible. Fill out the submission forms for each person taking the DNA test. The consent forms authorize us to analyze your samples.
All you need to do is rub the swabs on the inner surface of the mouth under the tongue and inner cheek. Gently rub the oral swab on these regions for a minimum 10 seconds. Repeat the collection process with the oral swabs for each person, using 4 swabs.
The swabs will now be wet and should be left to dry for around 1 hour. Do not place the swab directly into the envelope after collection. Once the cotton swab is completely dry, (one hour is sufficient), you may place the oral swabs back into the colored envelope.
Once the submission forms and the oral swabs are sealed into their respective colored envelopes, simply add a postage stamp and return the samples to our lab.
Note: sample collection is completely risk free and painless and can be performed on anyone regardless of age, even newborn babies.
Need a kit now?
If for any reason your do not wish to wait for EasyDNA to send you your sample collection kit, you have the option to make your own kit at home. The things needed to create a home kit are readily available and creating your own should not be too difficult following our instructions and guidelines. Learn more about how to make your own DNA sample collection kit yourself, visit this link.
Suggestions & Precautions
If using a glass to dry your oral swabs, be sure to use a separate glass for each person’s sample. Use a short glass to allow your sample to dry. Cotton part of the swab facing upwards, protruding out of the glass rim.
If consent forms are incomplete or shoddily filled in, we might have to put your testing on hold and ask you to re-send the forms correctly filled in. This will delay your test. Proceed to remove the swabs from their envelopes. Do not place your fingers on the cotton portion of the colored swabs as this could contaminate the DNA samples. Each envelope has two oral cotton swabs for every person: you are required to use BOTH.
We recommend using a glass and placing the oral swab upside down (cotton side up) inside it. Make sure that swabs from different test participants do not at any point come into contact.
Do not touch the swabs to check whether they are dry and make sure to place swabs back into the envelopes with their corresponding colour.