Professional Background Screening Association (PSBA)

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 9, 2019, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – a non-profit trade association representing the background screening industry – announced that its members overwhelmingly voted at the 2019 NAPBS Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, to approve the association’s rebrand to the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA).

The change in the NAPBS’s structure and the new name marks the culmination of the association’s transition into a truly global organization, a vision that was initiated 12 years ago with the addition of an international committee which led to three international chapters in the years that have followed. The rebrand includes a new logo and branding, with a new website to follow at www.thepbsa.org.

“PBSA has a significant international footprint, and we only expect it to grow larger,” PBSA Executive Director Melissa Sorenson stated in the announcement “It was clear to us that we needed to bring our name and brand in line with what our association is today – a truly global organization. I am thrilled with this new direction and am excited to see what is next for PBSA on the global stage.”

A global association with existing chapters in Asia-Pacific (APAC), Canada, Europe, and the United States, the PBSA provides educational resources, industry practices, accreditation programs, and advocacy to member companies that work in employment and tenant screening around the world. PBSA is the only association of its kind and has become the trusted global authority for the screening profession.

“In today’s global economy, information moves faster than ever before and the opportunities and challenges facing the screening profession often have ripple effects around the world,” PBSA Chair Bon Idziak stated. “The new PBSA brand speaks to our ability to transcend borders and symbolizes our modern approach to screening, privacy, and data security, and the technology our industry embodies.”

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak during the 2019 NABPS Annual Conference being held from September 8 to 10, 2019. Rosen will co-present a session about “Becoming an Expert or Expert Witness in Background Screening” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Central Standard Time on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Rosen – author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” – was Chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS in 2003 and he served as first Co-Chair in 2004. He is a noted background check expert and his speaking appearances have included many national conferences. He has qualified and testified in Superior Courts as an expert witness on background screening and due diligence issues.

Founded in 2003, the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) was established to represent the interest of companies offering employment and tenant background screening services and currently represents over nearly 900 member companies engaged in employment and tenant background screening around the world. To learn more about the PBSA, please visit www.thepbsa.org.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background screening firm – is a founding member of the PBSA and accredited under the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) that has become a widely recognized seal of approval bringing recognition to background screening organizations for their commitment to achieving excellence. To learn more about ESR, please visit www.esrcheck.com.

NOTE: Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) does not provide or offer legal services or legal advice of any kind or nature. Any information on this website is for educational purposes only.

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