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Frequently Asked Questions

Is forensic DNA carried out in Kenya?

Yes, the Government Chemist has been the pioneer of human identification using DNA. Our branches in Kisumu and Mombasa give out the same services. 

What samples do you give need to do DNA for paternity?

We no longer use blood samples since its invasive not safe to handle. We use buccal swab that contains enough DNA and it’s easy to obtain from even young children 

Do you need booking to appear for DNA test?

No, we are opened during official working hours.

Can DNA test reveal my health status?

No the region target for forensic cannot reveal health status of a person.

Where is the Government Chemist laboratory located?

  • Nairobi Headquarters branch, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) grounds
  • Mombasa branch, Kisauni
  • Kisumu branch

See our contact page for more details 

What are your hours, and when do I bring the samples?

The Laboratory is open Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Closed on weekends and public holidays. 

How much water and or effluent do I bring to the Laboratory?

Bring at least 3 litres of water sample or effluent sample

When can I expect test results for my samples?

You can expect test results for your water sample in 3 days after your sample is received at the laboratory (see service charter).

How do I collect my water sample?

Using a thoroughly cleaned container (plastic or glass) fill up the container with sample without incorporating air bubbles. 

Can I use any container to collect my water sample?

No. Use a thoroughly cleaned plastic container with no traces of soap by rinsing several times with hot water.

How do I pay for testing drinking water samples?

You can pay in cash or make a Bankers check payable to Principal Secretary Ministry of Health.

How safe is my data?

As a government body we are bound by the Public Officer Ethics Act Cap 183 and the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012. As a result, all staff members have signed a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement which guarantees the confidentiality of your data in our possession.