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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 16-13



Approved Laboratories under the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act

[46 Pa.B. 68]
[Saturday, January 2, 2016]

 Under the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act (act) (35 P. S. §§ 10172.1—10172.5), the Department of Health, with concurrence from the State Police and in consultation with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, is required to approve laboratories to receive sexual assault evidence for testing and analysis. Under section 3(a)(5) of the act (35 P. S. § 10172.3(a)(5)), laboratories that have been approved by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to access the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) or an equivalent Federally administered National DNA database are automatically approved to receive sexual assault evidence for testing and analysis.

 The following laboratories have been approved by the FBI to access CODIS and therefore are approved to receive sexual assault evidence for testing and analysis.

State Police Bureau of Forensic Services

 Law enforcement agencies submitting sexual assault evidence to the State Police's Bureau of Forensic Services should submit evidence directly to their regional laboratory. The regional laboratories will screen the evidence or forward the evidence, or both, to the Forensic DNA Division, which will ensure the completion of all necessary DNA analysis, to include CODIS searching and entry. Laboratories that have questions should contact the following regional laboratory with any questions regarding submission. Questions regarding DNA testing can be addressed to the Forensic DNA Division at (724) 832-5423.

Bethlehem Regional Laboratory
2932 Airport Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(610) 861-2103

Erie Regional Laboratory
4310 Iroquois Avenue
Erie, PA 16511
(814) 899-8447

Greensburg Regional Laboratory
425 Willow Crossing Road
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 832-3299

Harrisburg Regional Laboratory
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 783-5554

Lima Regional Laboratory
350 North Middletown Road
Media, PA 19063
(610) 891-6360

Wyoming Regional Laboratory
479 Wyoming Avenue
Wyoming, PA 18644
(570) 693-5717

Other approved laboratories

Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office
1520 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 350-3741

Philadelphia Police Department
Office of Forensic Science
843-849 North 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 685-3100

 Persons with a disability who require an alternate format of this notice (for example, large print, audiotape, Braille) should contact Dr. James Lute, Department of Health, Bureau of Laboratories, 110 Pickering Way, Exton, PA 19341-1310, (610) 280-3464. Speech or hearing impaired persons may call by using V/TT (717) 783-6154 or the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TT).


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-13. Filed for public inspection December 31, 2015, 9:00 a.m.]

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