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DNA Bioscience

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2006, Official Report, columns 2082-86W, on DNA Bioscience, whether DNA Bioscience made an application to be added to the accredited list. (82475)

I refer the hon. Member for Yeovil to the answer given to him on 22 June 2006, Official Report, columns 2082-86W. As indicated in the paragraphs headed “DNA Diagnostics Center and DNA Bioscience”, DNA Bioscience was not itself accredited by the Department for Constitutional Affairs to carry out court directed tests under section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969. DNA Bioscience was not eligible to be accredited by DCA as it was not a testing facility, so had no ISO 17025 accreditation. Following an application from DNA Bioscience, DCA agreed that DNA Diagnostics Center (the laboratory DNA Bioscience used to conduct DNA tests) could be added to the accredited list. The Department then agreed orally in December 2004, that DNA Bioscience’s details could be added to the accredited list, but this was not as a result of an application for accreditation. The intention was to add those details as a referral route to the accredited body (DNA Diagnostics Center).