Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories, 15th Edition, Take Effect Jan. 1

November 23, 2021

The 15th edition of Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories will take effect Jan. 1, 2022, and includes a number of changes and additions. AABB’s Relationship Testing (RT) Standards Committee highlighted the following updates:

  • New standards focused on levels of risk associated with activities performed and data generated in RT facilities.
  • Standard 5.2.3.5 has been expanded to require that facilities maintain records of direct communications between accredited facilities and petitioners for relationship testing for United States immigration purposes.
  • New Standard 5.5.2, which requires that when linked loci are used, laboratories will have policies, processes and procedures for estimating the effects of linkage on non-parentage cases.

The 15th edition is available in the AABB Store in an electronic format, print format, or as a bundle of both versions. A bundle of 15th edition (in print) and the Guidance for Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories is also available. Organizations interested in adopting the Standards can participate in a complimentary two-week trial of the electronic version of the 15th edition in the Standards Portal.

For those implementing the 15th edition of Relationship Testing Standards, the RT Standards Committee has created a document titled, “The Significant Changes to the 9th edition of Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories.”

Individuals with questions regarding the Standards should contact standards@aabb.org.