Yesterday, a performer in Florida was caught attempting to work with an expired test that had been digitally manipulated. The producer attempted to verify against the test against the PASS database, which listed the performer as unavailable. The performer’s agent confirmed with the testing center that the test presented was fraudulent and out of date. The performer was not permitted to shoot.
In light of this incident FSC reminds all members of the industry that PASS is the only way to validate protocol compliance in line with HIPAA regulations, protecting performers’ personal and medical privacy. Printouts or digital files could be manipulated and do not follow HIPAA guidelines.
The PASS database is operated by the Free Speech Coalition and is free of charge for industry members (www.fscpass.com).
An “Available” status indicates that a performer has been tested for HIV RNA, Hepatitis C antibodies, Hepatitis B antigen, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis and Gonorrhea within 14 days prior to a shoot, and shown that no active infections are present.
An “Unavailable” status does not reveal any medical information but could simply indicate that the most recent test is older than 14 days.
The performer did not shoot, and the agent paid a cancellation fee for the day. FSC applauds the diligence of our performers, producers, and agents in keeping industry-regulated sets safe. We are especially grateful to the agent in this particular case for their proactive approach and continuous cooperation.
The performer has been suspended from using PASS and affiliated testing centers. We are in contact with the performer’s agent to determine next steps.