The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced last week that Creative Services, Inc. has successfully proved compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and will now be formally recognized as BSCC Accredited. This recognition represents a background screening organization’s commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. The accreditation program, formalized in 2010, is in its preliminary stages and has to date accredited a small percent of all employment screening firms.
The NAPBS® Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) oversees the application process and is the governing accreditation body that ensures background screening organizations seeking accreditation meet or exceed a measurable standard of competence. To become accredited, consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) must pass a rigorous onsite audit, conducted by an independent auditing firm, of its policies and procedures as they relate to six critical areas:
"CSI has always held the bar high striving for excellence, servicing our clients and supporting best practice standards for the Background Screening industry," said Judy Gootkind, CSI Vice President of Finance and Administration. “I am proud to accomplish this distinction among our peers and work with a superior leadership team, who worked side by side to make this happen."
Millions of consumer reports are requested each year by U.S. employers, organizations and governmental agencies. Background screening reports, also known as consumer reports, are currently regulated at both the federal and state level. NAPBS® has created the BSAAP to provide a singular cohesive industry standard. Governed by a strict professional standard composed of requirements and measurements, the BSAAP is positioned to become a widely recognized seal of approval that brings national recognition to background screening organizations.
"Accreditation is the industry's primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability," said a chair of the BSCC. "Developed and sustained by background screening professionals, the BSAAP reflects, reinforces, and promotes best practices, institutional ethics, and the highest standards of background screening operations."
Founded in 2003 as a non-profit trade association, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) represents the interests of more than 700 member companies around the world that offer tenant, employment and background screening. NAPBS® provides relevant programs and training aimed at empowering members to better serve clients and maintain standards of excellence in the background screening industry, and presents a unified voice in the development of national, state and local regulations. For more information, visit http://www.napbs.com.