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NAPBS Has Evolved Into a Global Organization and Rebranded as the Professional Background Screening Association. 

On September 9, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) publicized that its members voted at the 2019 NAPBS Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, to approve the association’s rebrand to the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). 

Established in 2003, PBSA is the only association of its kind and has become the trusted authority for the screening professionals. PBSA was established to promote a high level of ethics and performance standards for the background check industry. This association currently represents over 880 member companies engaged in employment and tenant background screening across the United States. 

This rebranding allows for the association to transition fully into a global organization. Currently, the organization has three international chapters and is expanding. The rebrand includes a new logo, branding, and website. 

PBSA Member companies are Consumer Reporting Agencies defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and these agencies are regulated by both the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. SELECTiON.COM® is a proud member of the PBSA. 

The PBSA offers a Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program. Its purpose is to achieve excellence through high professional standards, including the adoption of best practices, awareness of legal compliance, and development of rules that protect clients and consumers. SELECTION.COM® is part of this prestigious program as well, and achieving this certification was no easy task. 

To become an accredited firm, SELECTiON.COM® had to demonstrate initial and ongoing compliance with the accreditation standards as prepared by the Background Screening Credentialing Council. Compliance is determined through a rigorous review and on-site audits, which are completed by an independent third-party auditor. SELECTION.COM® documented each of the policies and processes required in each area within the standard and demonstrated visible compliance with their policies to the auditor. The program also required SELECTiON.COM® to commit to uphold and deliver the highest level of industry standards in the following critical areas: Information Security, Legal and Compliance, Client Education, Researcher and Data Standards, Verification Services Standards and Business Practices. 

Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) like SELECTiON.COM® help provide the country and its citizens with a safer environment in which to live, work, and play. The common goal for CRAs and PBSA is to continue working together to identify best practices and promote the highest ethical standards. 

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This article gives a general overview of the legal matters. However, it is your responsibility to ensure compliance with all the relevant federal, state, and local laws governing this area. SELECTiON.COM® does not provide legal advice, and we always suggest consulting your own legal counsel for all applicant approval matters.    

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