PASS Program hosts meeting to discuss moving forward with 2 of 3 labs in the program leaving in the past year
Following Cutting Edge Testing’s sudden departure from the program, the Performer Availability Screening Service (PASS) program is hosting a town hall meeting on July 15, 2021 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern time to discuss the state of the program and how it will move forward now that CET and Talent Testing Service (TTS) have both left. Register for the meeting here.
“There was always inherent conflict between for-profit testing centers and a nonprofit oversight organization like PASS. While we’re shocked by the way in which CET withdrew from PASS, it’s an eventuality for which we’ve been planning. We are working with stakeholders to build a stronger version of PASS, which is less beholden to third-parties. In the meantime, performers should continue to test with CET, TTS, AIT or other testing centers utilizing PASS Certified testing protocols.
PASS is more than just a database of work clearances. For over a decade, we’ve established the guidelines for safe production and successfully prevented HIV transmission from occurring on PASS sets. As an organization, our commitment will always be to performers’ safety, not profit.
In the short-term, we will focus on the certification of additional labs, so that performers have increased options. But a central database is essential to facilitating production, and acting quickly in the case of a production hold. Private for-profit companies have no such obligation, and it is imperative that we use this opportunity to establish a lasting framework for performer testing and safety.” – Ian O’Brien, PASS Executive Director