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Examinations must be conducted in private under the control of the clinician. Privacy during the interviews is not only necessary for ethical reasons, but also when talking about sensitive issues that may be embarrassing or shameful for the person being evaluated. The clinician should establish and maintain privacy during the entire interview (IP, §83, 124). Police or other law enforcement officials should never be present in the examination room. The presence of police officers, soldiers, prison officers or other law enforcement officials in the examination room, for whatever reason, should be noted in the clinician’s report. Their presence during the examination may be grounds for disregarding a negative medical report (IP, §124, 125). If any other persons are present in the interview room during the interview, the identity, titles, affiliations of those persons should be indicated in the report (IP, §125).