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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to have my DNA tested?

It usually takes around 14 weeks for your DNA sample results to be sent to you. The report is sent to you either by email or by post, whichever you would prefer. King’s College DNA Analysis (the laboratory responsible for testing your DNA) is happy to answer any questions you may have.

You can contact King’s College DNA Analysis by phone or by email:

Phone: 0207 848 4130


If you quote your DCR reference number, messages can be left.

Do I need to have my DNA tested to be on the Donor Conceived Register (DCR)?

You can become a DCR registrant without having your DNA taken and tested. However, if you wish to test for likelihood of matches either with your donor, offspring or any half siblings, you will need to have your DNA taken and join the DNA database.

DNA Analysis at King's have been unable to test my DNA sample - why?

Sometimes, insufficient DNA is collected (usually because the swab sweep time was too short) and a second sample is then needed. Check out this link and ensure that the person taking your DNA sample sweeps the inside of your cheek for 30 seconds and then repeats on the other side with the second swab.

Is the DNA database linked to any other register or database?

No. The DNA database operated by the Donor Conceived Register (DCR) is independent and it is not linked to any other register.

I am a student, always poor but need my DNA taken. How can I do this?

The fee for joining the DNA database is £100. However, if you are experiencing financial difficulties then we are happy to discuss payment and payment methods.

I am a donor and want to make myself known. Do I have to build up a relationship with any donor-conceived offspring?

If a match is discovered, both you and your donor-conceived offspring will be notified independently of one another. Each of you will be given the opportunity to talk things through with an independent counsellor and with Pip Morris, a staff member from the Donor Conceived Register (DCR). You can take as much time as you need to work out what you would like to happen next. The pace of any progress is determined by the slower party. Any relationship or contact has to be mutually agreed beforehand and will only take place if each party is happy and comfortable. Free and confidential telephone counselling with a qualified counsellor is offered to all involved at all stages.

How much do I pay for counselling?

We offer free and confidential telephone counselling with a qualified counsellor for all Donor Conceived Register (DCR) registrants and anyone else (affected by pre-1991 donor conception issues) who feels it could help them, regardless of whether they are a DCR registrant.

What happens with my DNA when I die?

When you become a Donor Conceived Register (DCR) registrant you will be asked to complete a form regarding your wishes when you die or if you become uncontactable for whatever reason. You can choose to have your DNA removed from the database and from all of our records or you can nominate a named person who we can contact in case of a future match.

How can I stay in contact with the other people on the Donor Conceived Register (DCR)?

All DCR registrants can join the closed Facebook group which is for registrants only; DCR personnel do not have access to this group.

Who pays for the Donor Conceived Register (DCR)?

The DCR is funded by the Department of Health.

If this website has been unclear in any area or you want more information please send us an email with your question. We will reply in 2 working days and will include it in the FAQ’s.

Please note this will only relate to questions about the service, the practical process and the forum.

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Many thanks.

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