Forensic DNA Testing Services  – List of samples

Forensic samples can be used for our standard DNA paternity testing, as well as for our other range of DNA tests such as relationship testing or DNA profiling. A full list is shown below including the additional cost for each sample, how to send the samples and the DNA extraction success rate.



  • We can only guarantee standard result turnaround time when testing takes place solely using oral swab samples. Using a forensic sample for your test may lead to an increase in turnaround time of up to 8 to 10 working days.


  • Consent and photographic ID from all parties is required in order to perform a test with a non-swab sample. If in doubt about issues of consent we recommend that you contact our team to discuss your case.

We also recommend that you review the terms and conditions for sending a forensic DNA sample prior to submitting the samples.

Since obtaining DNA from some of these samples is not always easy, we guarantee that your samples are being tested by a DNA testing laboratory that is highly experienced in handling these non-standard type of samples.

Type of Sample
Price Success Rate

Blood on Filter paper
€75 90% or higher

Also called Whatman, Matrix or Parchment; less than 60 days old. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

€75 90% or higher

Frozen vial (Sperm bank) or fresh swab; Semen on fabric. Ship in paper envelope.

Blood stain on fabric
€75 60-90%

Includes bandages, gauze and facial tissues (Kleenex) or napkins. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Fingernail/nail Clippings
€75 60-90%

Need 5-10 clippings. Ship in paper envelope.

Tissue (muscles, organs); non-embalmed
€150 60-90%

Depends on age and storage conditions; CHAIN ONLY. Request consultation.

Ear Swab
€75 60-90%

Ship in paper envelope.

Umbilical Cord
€75 60-90%

Dried, must have a reference sample from mother. Ship in paper envelope or as preserved.

Semen stain on fabric
€75 60-90%

Area should be indicated on fabric; incl bandages, gauze & tissues or napkins. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Hair with roots
€75 60% or less

Ensure roots are present (7-10 hairs) - shed or cut hair will not work. Ship in paper envelope.

Razor (Electric, Disposable)
€75 60% or less

Send entire blade or disposable razor, debris can be sent in envelope. Ship in paper envelope.

Cigarette butts
€75 60% or less

Depends on type/brand. Ship in paper envelope.

Chewing gum
€75 60% or less

Sugarless preferred. Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag.

€75 60% or less

Facial tissue (Kleenex), napkin or paper towel. Ship in paper envelope.

€75 60% or less

Depends on storage condition / swab inside of condom. Ship in paper envelope.

€75 60% or less

Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Soda can / drinking glass / plastic container
€75 60% or less

Swab well w/ cotton swab or send in article with area clearly marked. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Tampon/Feminine Pad
€75 60% or less

Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Drinking straw
€75 60% or less

Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Envelope flaps
€75 60% or less

Depends on age of envelope and how sealed. Request consultation.

Bones from exhumed body

For forensic cases only. Request consultation.


Molar, premolar or canine preferred. Ship in paper envelope.


Femur or humorus bone, 3-4 inches in length use clean blade. Request consultation.

Extra information on forensic DNA samples:

The cost of every additional forensic sample used is to be added to the standard cost of the test. Kindly always note the success rate. Whilst we do have a very strong track record of successful DNA profile extraction with such samples, we cannot guarantee that the extraction will be successful. We always suggest contacting us as we can tell you more about the chances of success once we have assessed your sample thoroughly.

For more general information about our DNA testing, please visit our asked questions section HERE

Human tissue act exemptions

There are exemptions whereby the Human Tissue Act no longer is applied. This is when any biological tissue samples were collected before 2006, the year in which the law came into force. There other cases in which the law may not apply but these are exceptional cases; even in cases of tissue from the deceased, informed consent is still required.


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