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The majority of European background screening professionals in London have agreed to form the European Group of the NAPBS (National Association of Professional Background Screeners) trade association.

In Europe, while pre-employment background screening has been rapidly adopted by HR professionals, the absence of a trade association in this maturing market has meant that standards and best practices are not developed across the industry.

The US trade association NAPBS (National Association of Professional Background Screeners - was founded in 2003 in Morrisville, North Carolina to give the pre-employment screening industry the ability to effectively demonstrate its competence, reliability and willingness to adopt standards and promote best practices within the industry.

Steve Bailey, director of Reed Screening, commented: “I have been involved in this sector from its onset, and I’m pleased to see the market maturing and the adoption of self regulatory group with a wide church of professional screening members. We owe a lot to the US where the NAPBS has established itself as the voice of the industry in the United States and is reaching out across the world to form a global screening alliance to expand its efforts.”

Alexandra Kelly, MD of Powerchex added: “As a group we all identified the need to demonstrate standards of global professionalism in screening and we are looking forward to working with our colleagues around the world to promote compliance with legal requirements, ethical business practices and foster awareness of issues related to data protection and privacy rights”.

Concluded Eyal Ben-Cohen, MD of Verifile: “It’s our aim to offer professional pre-employment screening services that meet today’s global challenges of combating recruitment fraud and I’m sure that HR and Compliance professionals will appreciate the value of the NAPBS brand when seeking suppliers of screening services. By carrying the NAPBS logo a screening provider is committed to industry best practices as well as adhering to local laws and regulations in each country where they operate.”

Robert Capwell, CKO of Employment Background Investigations and Past Chair of NAPBS USA said: “Since its formation, NAPBS has grown to represent the majority of the screening firms based in the U.S. and has established best practices and a united front to meet the highest expectations of clients and law-makers. HR professionals in Europe are big users of screening so we welcome the formation of a UK body to unify the industry and offer the professional standards already enjoyed by HR professionals in the US.”

Joint chairs;
Steve Bailey, Reed Screening,
Eyal Ben Cohen, Verifile,
Alexandra Kelly, Powerchex,

Founding members:
Jack Roberts, Advanced Vetting
Alan Fletcher, Agenda Resource Management
Shabnam Shan, AIM Ltd
Laura Whiteford, Control Risks Screening
Michelle Gauci, CV Insight Ltd
Paul Carratu, Eurocom C.I.
Richard Smith, First Advantage Europe Ltd
Edward Hickey, Kroll Background Worldwide
Neil Fawcett, NDF Associates Ltd
Jonathan Redding Grey, Nova Risk Management Ltd
George Elkington, NorthgateArinso UK Ltd
David Lean, Personnel Automated Screening Software Ltd
Alexandra Kelly, Powerchex Ltd
Steve Bailey, Reed Managed Services Ltd
Doug Beavis, The Nationwide Accreditation Bureau Ltd
Ewan Tweedie, The Security Watchdog Ltd
Eyal Ben-Cohen, Verifile Ltd
Rupert Emson, Vero Screening Ltd

About The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)

Founded in 2003 as a non-profit trade association, The National Association of Professional Background Screeners was established to promote ethical business practices, promote compliance and foster awareness of issues related to consumer protection and privacy rights within the background screening industry. As the voice of the industry, The National Association of Professional Background Screeners represents over 650 companies related to the employment screening industry including several international background screening firms. The organization believes it is important that companies understand the importance of conducting proper background checks.

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