Talent Testing Service States Position on APHSS Program

MIAMI — Talent Testing Service, in a press release Thursday morning, said it won't participate in the APHSS program because the manual entry for inputting performer data by participating facilities is "unsafe."

Sixto Pacheco, president and CEO of TTS said that over time it became evident that TTS' initial position of "not participating in the Manwin/FSC/APHSS mechanism for testing/reporting is the correct one.”

“We have always believed that industry testing laboratories should be completely unbiased and unattached from any other industry affiliated organizations in order to avoid any misconception about the validity of the testing being performed," Pacheco said. "Furthermore, the manual entry of a talents status into the Manwin/FSC/APHSS database by any participating facility is an unsafe practice.”

TTS released the following statement relative to APHSS:

Talent Testing Service Inc. worked diligently to comply with three basic requirements in order to appease the Manwin/FSC/APHSS model of presenting a unified reporting system. These three items were:

1. Change our web portal to demonstrate a "cleared/not cleared" status of results instead of showing the actual test results.
2. Automated transfer of talent status to the APHSS database
3. Cooperate in helping to build protocols in case of a positive case.

Once these three items were completed, Manwin/FSC/APHSS was to issue a press release indicating that it would accept TTS test status to be viewed in the TTS web portal by its producers and agents. After completing the first two items, TTS was asked to provide its protocols for handling positive cases to Manwin/FSC/APHSS. We indicated that this was not part of our agreement, that we would assist and help to create these needed protocols (as agreed), but we would not have ours copied for use at Manwin/FSC/APHSS. We consider these protocols to be proprietary and confidential. At this time Manwin/FSC/APHSS demanded to see these procedures for which we declined.

TTS will continue to provide the level of service our stakeholders are accustomed to by providing the latest testing methodologies coupled with our technology based platform without sacrificing our quality and privacy policies and protocols in place.

Talent Testing Services Inc. caters to their clients by providing the most up-to-date technology. The company uses QR codes for validating printed test results, as well as a convenient mobile page for verification of authenticity on-demand and access to actual test results. Producers/agents as well as talents are provided with a personal online dashboard that provides access to historical and most recent testing information. Furthermore, talents can set up automatic reminders for next test dates.

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