State of Oregon Regulations on Background Checks Demonstrate Increasing Recognition of NAPBS Accreditation for Employment Screening Firms

The state of Oregon has specified in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) that all background screening firms must be accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) or pass certain other requirements in order to conduct a criminal background check for certain health workers. The Oregon Administrative Rules are available at

“The Oregon Administrative Rules demonstrate that NAPBS accreditation for background screening providers is gaining increasing recognition,” says Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of NAPBS accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR). “This state agency regulating background checks recognize the importance of an accreditation that shows a background screening company provides professional background checks.”  Rosen added that he anticipates that more state and local agencies will look at accreditation as a means of identifying which background firms can be trusted to perform essential mandated checks.

In 2010, the NAPBS launched the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) to promote best practices, legal compliance, and standards that protect consumers in the employment screening industry. The Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) oversees the application process and ensures that a background screening organization seeking accreditation meets or exceeds measurable standards of competence.

To become NAPBS accredited, background screening organizations must pass a rigorous onsite audit conducted by an independent auditing firm that examines policies and procedures related to six critical areas of screening: Consumer Protection, Legal Compliance, Client Education, Product Standards, Service Standards, and General Business Practices.

The portion of the Oregon Administrative Rules that deals with criminal background checks is section 333-536-0093. For the purposes of this section, an agency shall conduct a criminal records check before hiring a “Subject Individual” (SI) and before allowing an SI to volunteer to provide services on behalf of the agency, if an SI will have direct contact with a client of the agency. The rule reads in part that a criminal records check shall be performed by The Department of Human Services, Background Check Unit or a vendor that is either:

  • (A) Accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS); or
  • (B) Meets the criteria outlined in 333-536-0093 (6)(B)(i)(ii)(iii).

NAPBS is the leading national resource for issues related to the background screening industry. Any U.S.-based employment screening organization is eligible to apply for NAPBS accreditation. A copy of the accreditation standard, policies, and procedures is available on the NAPBS website at

“The accreditation program for background screeners offered by the NAPBS is the most  effective way of giving employers some peace of mind regarding the quality of screening services,” adds Rosen, the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ a comprehensive guide to employment screening that he recently updated for a second edition published in October 2012. “The accreditation process is extremely intensive and the best way of ensuring that a background screening firm is providing accurate information in compliance with all various laws involved.”

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ – is accredited by the NAPBS for successfully proving compliance with the BSAAP. For information about accreditation, visit: To learn more about background checks, visit ESR at, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email


About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):

Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. To learn more about ESR, visit or call toll free 888.999.4474.

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