PBSA Accreditation

Successfully proven compliance with the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA).

FirstPoint Background Screening Resources has successfully proved compliance with the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and is formally recognized as Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) Accredited. The BSAAP is the industry’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability. 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.

“We are pleased that the BSAAP has recognized FirstPoint for our commitment to ethical standards and adherence to FCRA compliance. This accreditation shows that you can maintain best practices in operational excellence while offering unique solutions and customized products in the marketplace,” stated M. Scott Hall, Senior Vice President and COO of FirstPoint’s Information and Background Screening Resources Division.

Each year, U.S. employers, organizations and governmental agencies request millions of consumer reports to assist with critical business decisions involving background screening. Background screening reports, which are categorized as consumer reports are currently regulated at both the federal and state level. Since its inception, PBSA has believed that there is a strong need for a singular cohesive industry standard and therefore created the BSAAP. 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 (also referred to as Consumer Reporting Agencies). 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 PBSA Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) oversees the application process and is the governing accreditation body that will ensure the background screening organizations seeking accreditation meet or exceed a measurable standard of competence. To become accredited, consumer reporting agencies must pass a rigorous onsite audit, conducted by an independent auditing firm, of its policies and procedures as they relate to six critical areas: consumer protection, legal compliance, client education, product standards, service standards, and general business practices.