DNA Working Group

During the Puerto Varas 40th Session, the ICAR Board endorsed the formation of the DNA Working Group that relieve the duties of the previous Genetic Analysis Working Group



  • Romy Morrin-O’Donnell, Weatherbys, Ireland


  • André Eggen, Illumina, France
  • Johan De Meulemeester, Merck, USA
  • Suzanne Harding, Holstein UK, United Kingdom
  • Dariusz Kamola, Polish Federation of Cattle Breeders and Dairy Farmers, Poland
  • Nilesh Nayee, NDDB, India
  • Ezequiel Nicolazzi, Council Dairy Cattle Breeding, USA
  • Matthew McClure, ABS-Global, USA
  • Clotilde Patry, ALLICE, France
  • Jiansheng Qiu, Neogen Genomics, USA
  • Joanna Sendecka, SLU, Sweden
  • Brian van Doormaal, Lactanet, Canada

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for the DNA Working Group is available here


ICAR accreditation for laboratories for parentage testing in cattle by SNP and STR

ICAR annually accredits laboratories for cattle parentage verification by SNPs and STRs.

The rules and instructions for laboratory accreditation for “Microsatellite based parentage testing” and “SNP-based parentage testing” in cattle are available here . For both of the above accreditation, applicants have to provide the ISAG membership number and any other certification has to be provided/translated into English

The list of accredited laboratories for parentage verification in cattle is available here. ICAR reminds that the accreditation is valid for two years

ICAR accreditation for laboratories as DNA Data Interpretation Centres

This accreditation service allows organisations wishing to carry out SNP-based parentage analysis services to be accredited by an independent third party (ICAR). Organisations wishing to be a service user of GenoEx-PSE, must first receive the ICAR Accreditation for DNA Data Interpretation Centres. More information about this accreditation are available here

The list of the laboratories that have already been granted with the ICAR Accreditation as Data Interpretation Centres for SNP-Based Parentage Verification is available here


Relevant useful documents

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