Traceability and Transparency: New US Regulations Require Global Supply Chains to Adapt with Applied DNA’s CertainT® Platform

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN) has made headlines today by having their CertainT® supply chain traceability platform featured in an article on the home page of The New York Times.

Titled “How A.I. and DNA Are Unlocking the Mysteries of Global Supply Chains,” the piece highlights the importance of employing tracing technologies like the Company’s in order to comply with the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). This technology is a game-changer for industries like the textile sector, providing them with the tools they need to ensure their products are completely free of forced labor.


Applied DNA Sciences is using cutting-edge scientific processes to tag and trace the journey of goods from factories to consumer, by spraying a unique DNA mist onto cotton. This revolutionary technique allows for accurate tracking of the goods while ensuring authenticity and quality control.

Applied DNA has harnessed the power of synthetic DNA tags, each measuring just a billionth of the size of a grain of sugar, to safeguard microcircuits produced for the Department of Defense, guarantee the purity of cannabis supply chains, and even apprehend robbers in Sweden who tried to steal from A.T.M.s, with multiple arrests made as a result.

MeiLin Wan, Applied DNA’s Vice President for Textiles, has declared that the new regulations have reached a “tipping point” for unprecedented transparency in the industry.

Applied DNA has developed an innovative method to trace the origins of cotton from the DNA it contains. By sequencing the DNA or analyzing its isotopes, variables such as rainfall, latitude, temperature and soil conditions can be detected, allowing researchers to identify the geographic source of these fibers. This groundbreaking technology is revolutionizing the textile industry, allowing for greater transparency and traceability for consumers.

CertainT is a revolutionary forensic authentication system that uses an innovative tag-test-track approach to maximize supply chain security and combat counterfeiting. This system can even verify the geographic origin of cotton, ensuring that consumers receive only the highest quality products.

In a landmark move, the Federal government passed the UFLPA in December 2021 and made it effective in June 2022. This legislation states that any goods imported from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China (XUAR) – or produced by certain entities – are presumed to be prohibited from entering the United States. However, this presumption is open to rebuttal.

Under the UFLPA, the Department of Homeland Security has outlined an Implementation Strategy which utilizes the CertainT platform to help verify the origin of imported items to potentially prove that they have not been produced with forced labor. This platform relies on the use of DNA traceability and isotopic testing to ensure that items have not originated in the XUAR.

About CertainT®

Secure your supply chain with CertainT, the revolutionary multi-layered forensic authentication system that utilizes DNA tagging, genotyping, and isotope testing. This powerful platform offers complete transparency, allowing you to trace the movement of inputs and final products, such as cotton fiber and finished cotton products, across global supply chains with ease.

It’s the perfect solution for ensuring compliance with the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) and other due diligence regulations, and is suitable for use across all sectors of the textile industry, including cotton, viscose, polyester, leather, down, and feather. Make sure you’re protected with CertainT!

About Applied DNA Sciences

Applied DNA Sciences is a forward-thinking biotechnology company revolutionizing the way we create and detect deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). By using the power of PCR, we are able to produce and detect DNA for a variety of applications across three distinct markets. T

hese include the manufacture of DNA for use in nucleic acid-based therapeutics, the detection of DNA in molecular diagnostics testing services, and the manufacture and detection of DNA for industrial supply chain security services. With our innovative solutions, we are empowering the next generation of biotechnology.

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