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General Background Screening Accreditation Program (Formerly Global Accreditation)

The General Background Screening accreditation program is part of PBSA's global expansion and will meet the needs of those PBSA members who deliver screening services outside the United States. The program is open to organizations who conduct background screenings outside the United States for employment, employment-related, contractor, or volunteer screening.

Currently we are accepting applications for the Beta Testing phase of the program with full a roll-out planned for early 2023. Applications for the Beta Testing phase will be accepted through June 30, 2022. Organizations who are granted accredited status will be accredited for a five-year period, undergo a surveillance audit during the third year, and will have the opportunity to renew at the end of the five-year period.


Apply to be part of the Beta Testing Group

If your organization would like to become part of the Beta Testing group:

  • Review the updated Accreditation FAQs.
  • Review the resources and timeline below.
  • Review and complete the Beta Testing Application along with the Non-Disclosure Agreement.
    • The application and non-disclosure agreement may be returned by mail to the address included in the application or via email to


2022/23 Beta Testing Timeline*

*subject to change as necessary

June 30: Application period closes.
July 27: BSCC reviews applications in a blind fashion.
August 1: Applicant Organizations informed if chosen for the Beta Testing Group and receive confidentiality agreement.
August 8: Signed Confidentiality Agreement and fees due. 
August 1 to October 31: Organizations in the Beta Testing Group prepare materials for the desk audit.
November 1: Audit Materials Upload Due
November Desk Audit Phase
December Virtual Audit Phase
January 19, 2023: Organizations informed if granted accredited status**

**Note that anyone selected for beta testing is required to keep their participation confidential throughout the entire process. At the completion of beta testing, applicants that are awarded accreditation will not be able to publish their status until the first group of non-beta applicants is accredited.



Application Documents


If you have questions, please email


***A note about the clause numbering: You may notice some inconsistent numbering in the clauses. As the General Standard is modelled on the BSAAP (U.S.) Standard, the clause numbers and names have been applied to both wherever possible. This is done to make it easier to compare the requirements of the two Standards and therefore aid organizations who wish to consider accrediting under both the U.S. Standard and the General Standard.

For example,  Clause 1.1: Information Security Certification is titled the same as in the BSAAP (U.S.) Standard while U.S.-centric clauses have either been renamed (e.g., Clause 2.2) or removed altogether (e.g., Clauses 2.4 and 4.4).


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