BS7858 Screening Checks

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We are NSI Gold accredited for ISO9001 and NCP111 for BS7858 screening. We are also ISO27001 accredited
for Information Security through British Assessment Bureau BAB.

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What is BS7858?

BS 7858 is a British standard outlining security screening and vetting procedures for individuals working in roles where security and trustworthiness are paramount, such as in the financial and security sectors. It helps ensure a thorough background check process to minimise risks.

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  • ID check
  • 5 or 10 Year Career History (including education and gap periods)
  • Basic DBS Check (depending on the role)
  • Consumer Information Check
    • CCJ check
    • Insolvency check
    • IVA check
    • Directorship check
  • Global Watchlist check (fraud and financial sanctions checks)
  • SIA licence check (if applicable)
  • Right to Work Check
  • 5 or 10 Year Address Verification
  • Name history since birth check
  • Optional extra: Pre-Employment checks for the last three years’ employment


BS7858 screening is the best practice procedure published by the British Standards Institution.

It is the background screening (vetting) of individuals employed in an environment where the security and safety of people, goods or property is a requirement of the employing organisation and/or where such security screening is in the public and/or corporate interest.

Our BS7858 screening checks are quality assured and carried out by our team of highly trained screening officers on time, using the right process and to the correct standard. Having your employees screened to BS7858 allows you to provide assurances to your customers, employees, Board, regulators, and auditors that you have taken the right steps to reduce the risk of data breaches and hiring someone who shouldn’t be handling personal, confidential and sensitive data.

We are NSI Gold accredited for ISO9001 and NCP111 for BS7858 screening. We are also ISO27001 accredited for Information Security through British Assessment Bureau (BAB).


Although BS7858 originates from the security industry, screening employees to BS7858 is widely used throughout the UK and overseas within the Finance, Insurance, Banking, Healthcare, Aviation, Education, HR, Facilities Management and IT Industries to mention but a few. In principle, any organisation can have their employees and volunteers screened to BS7858 to improve the quality of their service, or comply with regulation, compliance standards or laws that require a higher level of due diligence.


The BS7858 screening process consists of several key steps to ensure a thorough assessment of an individual’s background and suitability for a position. While specific organizations may have slight variations in their processes, the following steps generally form part of the BS7858 screening:

  1. Application: The individual interested in the position submits an application form providing personal information, employment history, and consent for the screening process.
  2. Document Verification: The applicant’s identity documents, such as passports or driving licenses, are verified to establish their authenticity and confirm their identity.
  3. Employment References: The applicant’s previous employment history is checked by contacting their former employers or supervisors to verify their employment dates, job roles, and performance.
  4. Criminal Record Check: A comprehensive criminal record check is conducted to identify any past convictions or pending criminal charges. This typically involves accessing the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in the UK.
  5. Financial Check: A financial check may be performed to assess an individual’s financial stability and identify any potential financial concerns or issues that may affect their suitability for the role.
  6. Address Verification: The applicant’s current and previous addresses are verified to establish their residency history and ensure accuracy of information provided.
  7. Character References: Character references may be obtained from individuals who know the applicant well, such as friends, colleagues, or neighbours, to gather additional insights into their character and behaviour.
  8. Gap Analysis: Any gaps in the applicant’s employment history are analysed and explored to ensure there are no undisclosed periods or discrepancies.
  9. Interview: An interview may be conducted to assess the applicant’s suitability for the position, gather additional information, and clarify any discrepancies found during the screening process.
  10. Decision and Reporting: Based on the findings of the screening process, a decision is made regarding the individual’s suitability for the position. A detailed report summarising the screening results is prepared and shared with the relevant stakeholders.

Is BS7858 a Legal Requirement?

BS 7858 is not a legal requirement, but it’s often adopted voluntarily by businesses in the UK, especially in sectors requiring stringent employee vetting for security reasons.

How Long Does bs7858 Take?

The duration for completing a BS7858 background check can vary based on factors such as the complexity of the individual’s history and the efficiency of the vetting process. Generally, it might take a few weeks to a couple of months to complete the thorough checks required by BS7858 standards.

What is the difference between BS7858 and BPSS?

BS7858 is a British standard for employee vetting, while BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standard) is a UK government standard. BS7858 is used across sectors, while BPSS is specifically for government roles. Both involve background checks, but BPSS focuses on baseline security measures.


Please click on this link to see the official list of Acceptable Documents.


As well as having a support team in place for our clients we also have a dedicated helpdesk team that can be contacted by email or telephone for your BS7858 Applicants.


Please visit our FAQ page, we have one for clients and one for applicants. That will hopefully answer any questions you may have.

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Enquire Now is an NSI Gold Accredited BS7858 screening provider. The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is recognised as the leading certification body for the security and fire protection sectors in the UK. We were the first company to achieve this level (via Nova Risk Management) and are proud to continue to promote quality services and systems.