Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) has developed an on-site DNA authentication programme for cotton textiles and apparel to provide faster reporting at each step of the supply chain.

The company said the new programme will provide quality assurance, controls, and sourcing of raw materials, or greige goods, prior to conversation into finished goods.

The patent-pending, on-site programme includes the provision of a desktop-size PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) machine with consumables for testing, along with supporting software, on-site training, guidance on chain-of-custody protocols, and online customer service support.

It will enable the on-site testing of unprocessed fibre, yarn or fabric by anyone in the cotton textile supply chain, including growers, ginners, spinners, manufacturers, logistics partners, brand owners, retailers and government agencies.

Forensic authentication of the relevant DNA on site will help ensure companies are compliant with international or in-country label laws.

“We are very excited to offer this turn-key solution that allows for both fibreTyping and SigNature T authentication of greige goods on site,” said Dr Mike Hogan, VP of Life Sciences. “Higher volume of testing translates to a higher degree of confidence in the authenticity of the source material."

Potential licensees will benefit from the programme by having the on-site device located at their facility, with the ability to test a large volume of samples from different lots or batches of raw fibre, yarn or fabric. As part of the programme, APDN will receive retain samples from licensees to enable full forensic evaluation and authentication whenever required.