The Background Buzz Insider
June 16, 2015

NAPBS Accreditation Update:

In the May edition of The Background Buzz, I ran an article. 'NAPBS Accreditation Update.' As a result I was contacted by Derek Hinton, President, CrimApollo, and CRAzoom, a company that has helped many CRAs become accredited. He kindly provided the following clarification of the article which he originally authored.

Please accept my apology for any inconvenience or confusion that the article may have caused.

Dear Barry,

I always enjoy your informative newsletter, The Background Buzz.

In the last issue you featured an article titled "NAPBS Accreditation: The Grandfathering Issue." Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same-but that could change. And in this case things have changed since that article originally appeared.

There has been some new guidance since that article. It says:


“The BSCC specifically published (in response to a letter inquiry made) on or around March of 2013 a document titled “Audit Preparation,” which included tips (and can be found on the web pages) and the following specific recommendation with respect to Section 2.7: If a CRA is in the process of securing amendments with this information, do not schedule an audit until up to date agreements from all clients have been secured.

The position of the BSCC on the issue remains the same.

In short, organizations seeking accreditation must secure current contracts with active clients and vendors which are in compliance with all audit criteria in order to effectively satisfy the accreditation standards.”

So what is the specific recommendation with respect to Section 2.7?

The standard with audit criteria states in part:

2.7 Potential Verification for Onsite Audit

"Should requested agreements predate CRA's application date for Accreditation, auditor will only look to identify language regarding compliance with FCRA."

So, if a client agreement is lacking any FCRA certifications, those agreements (even those that predate application) must contain all required FCRA compliance language. But let's face it, obtaining certification from clients is FCRA 101 and if a CRA is not doing so, accreditation or not, it needs to be done.

And there are ways to mitigate the task and in fact, use the task as a marketing tool with clients. Compliance is becoming the name of the game.

Barry, I hope this helps your readers.

Derek Hinton



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