Criminal Records Trade Body (CRTB)

The Criminal Records Trade Body (CRTB) is a group of UK-based criminal record check professionals. The CRTB is a committee within the Europe Chapter of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). NAPBS was established to represent the interest of companies offering employment and tenant background screening services.

Founded in 2003 as a not-for-profit trade association, NAPBS represents the interests of over 900 member companies around the world that offer tenant, employment and background screening services. NAPBS 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.

The CRTB is open to all organisations registered with DBS, Disclosure Scotland and Access NI. Working together to promote a culture of safeguarding and referral.

The group provides an authoritative and independent voice, representing a wide range of sectors using criminal record check information, during an unprecedented period of change and digitization of services.

Aims and objectives of the CRTB include:

  • To support the UK’s safeguarding agenda;
  • To encourage the adoption of enhanced identity verification processes;
  • To support candidates and users to understand eligibility of checks, and highlight the work of SAFERjobs ( in preventing employment screening scams;
  • To contribute and comment on the development of policy and legislation;
  • To promote best practice and awareness of overseas criminal record checks.
To become a member of the CRTB you must first join the European Chapter of the NAPBS.

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