RALEIGH, N.C., DATE – The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced today that Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI Group™) has successfully demonstrated compliance with the Background Screening Organization Accreditation Program (BSOAP) and will now be formally recognized as BSCC-Accredited.


CRI Group CEO Zafar I. Anjum states: “It is a great honor to be granted BSOAP Accreditation by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC). Receiving this prestigious recognition affirms our steadfast dedication to delivering the most precise, equitable and legally compliant background screening solutions for clients. Trust and transparency are more important than ever in the sophisticated world of business today. BSCC accreditation assures our clients that CRI Group operates with the highest ethical standards and provides results they can depend upon.’


Each year, employers, organizations, and governmental agencies around the globe request millions of reports on data subjects to assist with critical business decisions.  Background screening reports, which contain personal information about data subjects, are often regulated through data privacy and other employment laws. 

Since its inception, PBSA has maintained that there is a strong need for a compliant, cohesive industry standard and, therefore, created the BSOAP.  Governed by a strict professional standard of specified requirements and measurements, the BSOAP is becoming a widely recognized seal of achievement that brings national recognition to background screening organizations.  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 BSCC oversees the application process and is the governing accreditation body that validates the background screening organizations seeking accreditation meet or exceed a measurable

standard of competence. To become accredited, organizations must pass a thorough desk audit of their operational documentation, followed by a rigorous virtual audit, conducted by a third-party auditor.  This audit includes a review of its policies and procedures as they relate to six critical areas:  Information Security, Legal and Compliance, Client Education, Researcher and Data Standards, Verification Services Standards, and Business Practices.

Any employment or background screening organization is eligible to apply for accreditation. A copy of the standards, the policies and procedures, and measurements is available at


About PBSA®

Founded in 2003 as a not-for-profit trade association, the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) represents the interests of more than 900 member companies around the world that offer tenant, employment and background screening.  PBSA provides relevant programs and training aimed at empowering members to better serve clients and maintain standards of excellence in the background screening industry, and presents a unified voice in the development of national, state and local regulations. For more information, visit .


About CRI Group

Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI Group™), Since 1990, CRI Group has been a global provider of Investigative Research, Forensic Accounting, Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Solutions, Integrity Due Diligence Investigations, Background Investigations, and specializing in Third-Party Risk Management and Screening.