About AuthenTechnologies Testing Services

AuthenTechnologies® is the first full-service DNA contract testing laboratory specializing in species identification and genetic fingerprinting for the natural products industries. Our services are currently being used by major food, supplement, and herbal and spice suppliers and manufacturers, testing laboratories, and government agencies through the US and abroad. AuthenTechnologies® testing services are based on the best botanical science and use the most cutting-edge genetic technologies and are conducted following ISO/IEC 17025 quality standards (Click here for a copy of our Scope of Accreditation) to provide the most reliable testing available on the market today.

AuthenTechnologies® proprietary line of  identity testing services are based on a combination of cutting-edge DNA technologies, including Next Generation Sequencing- and have been developed and validated by an experienced team of scientists, in order to provide the most accurate and reliable identification of species and detection of unexpected contaminants, even those that are morphologically or chemical indistinguishable.  Our species identification services are compliant with FDA’s cGMP requirements for 100% identity testing, for virtually any species of plant, algae, fungus, animal or bacteria and can be used to replace other traditionally used methods, including morphological and chemical and analytical methods such as TLC, HPLC, HPTLC, FTIR, and NIR.

AuthenTechnologies® currently offers a species authentication tests for a wide range of starting materials- from raw to finished products- including foods, supplements, and botanical extracts, consisting of a single species to numerous species.  Our tests can detect unexpected adulterants, allergens, and contaminants for a wide range of plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria.  Click here to see a list of appropriate materials for DNA testing.

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Through its partnerships with the leading standards setting and regulatory organizations in the world, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), AOAC International, the FDA, and the National Institutes of Health, AuthenTechnologies® has developed the first validated DNA sequence-based methods of botanical species identification, compliant with FDA’s food and natural product manufacturing and testing guidelines.DNA Barcoding 2.0

Unlike traditional DNA barcoding that relies on one or two short specific DNA regions for identification across the tree of life, the scientists at AuthenTechnologies® have developed a proprietary process that is more highly specific and sensitive, allowing us to identify to species level almost any species on earth, and from a wide variety of starting materials. Click here to see a list of appropriate materials for DNA testing.

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Since 2011, AuthenTechnologies® has partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a line of DNA-Authenticated Standard Reference Materials using our proprietary procedures, which provide the highest level of confidence and reliability in the identity of the materials.

To further develop AuthenTechnologies® DNA services, our scientists have developed the Herbal Reference Barcode™ (HERB™) Database of validated DNA barcodes for species identification of botanicals, animals, fungi, and bacteria.  Through our partnerships with leading scientific institutions around the country, we are able to obtain millions of specimens to use as the basis of our method development and provide our clients with the highest level of quality service.