Edge Information Management, Inc. is a proud founding member of the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). This is an elite professional organization that provides companies and persons associated with the employment background check industry with educational materials and opportunities as well as professional resources. PBSA also provides members with information about new technologies, the latest developments, and industry news.
The Professional Background Screening Association promotes compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and continued ethical business practices. They also help to keep the public informed regarding the importance of background check services and technologies and promote awareness of privacy rights, security issues, and consumer protection. The PBSA advocates with the federal and state governments for the importance of responsible employment background check practices.
The Professional Background Screening Association offers an accreditation program for Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) located in the United States. Governed by a strict and thorough set of professional standards of specified requirements and measurements, the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) has become a widely recognized seal of approval bringing national recognition to an employment background screening-affiliated organization for its commitment to achieving excellence through high professional standards with accountability that results in continued institutional improvement.
The BSAAP provides a detailed process for evaluating and improving internal operating procedures that every CRA, and their clients, benefit from. Accredited CRAs have made a commitment to uphold and deliver the highest level of industry standards for the following critical areas:
Information Security Legal and Compliance Client Education Researcher and Data Standards Verification Services Standards Business Practices
To become accredited firms must demonstrate initial and ongoing compliance with the accreditation standard as prepared by the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC). Compliance is demonstrated through rigorous desk and on-site audits, all of which are completed by an independent third-party auditor. Firms must document each of their policies and processes as required in each of the areas within the Standard and demonstrate visible compliance with their policies to the auditor. Accreditation lasts for a period of five years, after which time firms are required to recomplete the process if they wish to remain accredited.
Melbourne, Florida, February 22, 2019 —Edge Information Management, a nationwide provider of employment screening services including accurate background screening, drug testing, and electronic i9/e-Verify services, announced today that it has recently completed its Service Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) examination for the period of July through December 2018. The analysis was performed under AT-C 105 and AT-C 205 guidelines by an independent auditing firm.
Completion of the SOC 2 examination indicates that selected Edge Information Management processes, procedures and controls have been formally evaluated by an independent accounting and auditing firm. The examination included the company’s controls related to the Trust Services Principles and Criteria of Security and Availability.
A SOC 2 examination is performed in accordance to AICPA attestation standards. SOC 2 is designated as an acceptable method for a user entity’s management to obtain assurance about service organization internal controls over Security, Confidentiality, and Privacy without conducting additional assessments.
A SOC 2 examination is widely recognized, because it represents that a service organization has been through an evaluation of their activities as they relate to the applicable Trust Services Principles and Criteria. A Type II report includes the service organization’s system description, as well as a detailed testing of the operating effectiveness of the service organization’s controls throughout the specified period.
According to Edge’s Norm Gagnon, Vice President of Compliance & Operations, “With SOC 2 compliance, our business’ internal systems and processes are evaluated, strengthened and improved. We are now more equipped than ever to serve our clients in a secure and compliant way in a complex environment of ever increasing regulation and data security requirements. This gives us a competitive edge in the industry in terms of credibility and reputation.”
Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) Mission and Purpose
To promote the highest possible standards of professionalism and quality control in the drug and alcohol testing industry, and develop and oversee education, certification, and accreditation programs for the drug and alcohol testing industry,
To serve as the coordinated voice for the industry on regulatory and legislative matters of drug and alcohol testing and collection issues as well as drug free workplace regulatory issues;
To serve as a body for discussion and resolution of common problems and issues affecting the drug and alcohol testing industry;
To inform its members of issues affecting their businesses through newsletters, legislative alerts and meetings;
To collect and disseminate information on drug and alcohol service and product providers through a national directory distributed to business and the general public; and,
To actively cooperate with other entities, organizations, and service providers involved with or affected by drug and alcohol testing on common interests and concerns, including but not limited to, substance abuse professionals, substance abuse program administrators, employee assistance professionals, Medical Review Officers, testing laboratories and employer trade associations.
The Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) was founded in 1995 and has grown to represent over 1500 member companies, and expanded its scope. DATIA now represents the entire spectrum of drug and alcohol service providers including collection sites, laboratories, consortiums/TPAs, MROs, and testing equipment manufacturers.
The Accredited Collection Facility Program, administered by the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), was created by quality-minded leaders in the drug and alcohol testing industry interested in raising the level of accuracy in urine specimen collections. The program enables collection facilities to assure their clients that they are committed to offering superior collection services.
The Accredited Collection Facility Program involves upholding the highest professional standards in the following two main areas: 1) the collection facility and its operation and 2) the collection facility’s personnel. To obtain accredited status, collection facilities are required to adhere to strict standards in areas such as regulatory compliance, company services standards, specimen handling, operational practices, business ethics, and facility equipment. All accredited collection facilities are also required to maintain a staff of Certified Professional Collectors that are formally trained in DATIA’s Collector Training Course or that received training from the CPCT on their staff and successfully completed the DATIA Certification Exam.
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Edge Information Management, Inc., (Edge) an international provider of employment screening services, was incorporated in 1991 by a group of professionals with experience in the field of business, information technology and private investigations.