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including a hospital, clinic, child advocacy center
or health care facility, that provides evidence or
information to a law enforcement officer pursuant
to this act at the request or consent of the victim is
immune from any civil or professional liability that
might arise from the action, with the exception of
willful or wanton misconduct.43
The Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence
Collection Act further established a statewide
sexual assault evidence collection program
under the Pennsylvania Department of Health,
in consultation with the Pennsylvania Coalition
Against Rape (PCAR) and the Pennsylvania
State Police.44 The act required the Department
of Health to develop minimum standard
requirements for all rape kits used in hospitals
and health care facilities, test and approve
commercially available rape kits for use, and
review the minimum standard requirements for
rape kits and prior-approved rape kits every three
years to assure that rape kits meet state-of-the-art
minimum standards. Furthermore, the act requires
the Department of Health to "[c]onsult with PCAR,

the Pennsylvania State Police, the International
Association of Forensic Nurses, the Hospital and
Health System Association of Pennsylvania and any
local Sexual Assault Response team to establish a
program to train hospital, child advocacy center
and health care facility personnel in the correct
use and application of rape kits in order to
maximize the health and safety of the victim and
the potential to collect useful admissible evidence
to prosecute persons accused of sexual assault." 45
The latest Pennsylvania Bulletin on minimum
standards for the collection of sexual assault
evidence covers:
* a form for consent to the collection and
release of evidence and information,
* clothing and underpants collection,
* oral assault collection samples,
* miscellaneous collection of evidence (debris,
dried secretions, tampon/sanitary napkin),
* fingernail swabbings,
* external genitalia sample collection,
* vaginal assault sample collection,

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