Vertical Screen Achieves New PBSA General Background Screening Accreditation

This brand new accreditation standard offered by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) confirms our dedication to the highest standards in international screening services.

The General Standard accreditation program complements the existing U.S. Standard (which we have achieved and maintained since 2011), offering a robust framework for organizations engaged in global screening services. Vertical Screen's inclusion in the inaugural group of accredited companies not only validates our adherence to rigorous standards of compliance and professionalism worldwide, but also reinforces our position as a leader in the international background screening arena.

The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced that Vertical Screen has successfully demonstrated compliance with the Background Screening Organization Accreditation Program, (BSOAP), and will now be formally recognized as BSCC-Accredited to the General Background Screening Standard.

Each year, employers, organizations, and governmental agencies around the globe request millions of reports on data subjects to assist with critical business decisions. Background screening reports, which contain personal information about data subjects, are often regulated through data privacy and other employment laws.

Since its inception, PBSA has maintained that there is a strong need for a compliant, cohesive industry standard and, therefore, created the BSOAP. Governed by a strict professional standard of specified requirements and measurements, the BSOAP is becoming a widely recognized seal of achievement that brings recognition to background screening organizations around the globe. This recognition will stand as the industry "seal," representing a background screening organization's commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.

The BSCC oversees the application process and is the governing accreditation body that validates the background screening organizations seeking accreditation meet or exceed a measurable standard of competence. To become accredited, organizations must pass a thorough desk audit of their operational documentation, followed by a rigorous virtual audit, conducted by a third-party auditor. This audit includes a review of its policies and procedures as they relate to six critical areas: Information Security, Legal and Compliance, Client Education, Third Party Service Providers, Verification Services Standards, and Business Practices.

Any employment or background screening organization is eligible to apply for accreditation. A copy of the Standards, the policies and procedures, and measurements is available at

About PBSA®

Founded in 2003 as a not-for-profit trade association, the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) represents the interests of more than 900 member companies around the world that offer tenant, employment and background screening. PBSA 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

About Vertical Screen

Vertical Screen is a family of applicant screening companies founded in 1989 to provide customized applicant screening services to specific industries. The Vertical Screen family includes Business Information Group (BIG), which exclusively serves the financial services industry, Certiphi Screening, which exclusively serves the healthcare industry, and Truescreen, which serves a wide range of industries outside of financial services and healthcare. With a focus on quality, precision, and industry expertise, Vertical Screen has also earned the esteemed ISO certification, solidifying its position as a leader in the industry.

Posted: June 20, 2024

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