BS7858 (2019) Standard Explained

We acknowledge that the name doesn’t reveal much with this check - it is a security check which details how to screen and vett individuals who want to work in “secure” environments, defined as anywhere that an insider could steal or threaten the integrity of data, information, or other physical or intellectual assets; or threaten people’s safety. In short, this standard is for the pre-employment screening and vetting of individuals working within a security environment.

It is the best practice procedure published by the BSI (British Standards Institution) and is regulated by the SIA (Security Industry Authority). Whilst BS7858 remains best practice, it is not necessarily required in order for an individual to obtain an SIA license. This standard was recently updated in 2019 and our service reflects that. Character reference was removed, as there was possibly too much scope for it to be fraudulent.

Additionally, the scope has changed from just the security sector - it has now been amended to apply to any business that deals with security. Media searches are now recommended but not mandatory.

This screening can be done for international candidate as well, so long as they have a current UK address. We have seen a steady increase in the number of checks being undertaken for international candidates. We can add on the international checks once we know the 5 year address history of the candidate.

Contact our friendly and knowledgeable team to find out more about what you need to do to make sure your employees are satisfactorily screened - we love to help and offer a cost-effective process.

Checks such as ID, Address Verification and Credit checks can be undertaken immediately, whilst checks such as Employment History we must wait for from third-parties - but we promise to keep you updated every step of the way. You will then receive a full electronic employee screening report which will confirm absolutely everything you need to know to make an informed decision.

What checks are included:


Confirm ID


Confirm 1 residential address


Right to Work


Basic DBS


5 Year Employment History


31 day gap investigation


Credit Checks


Professional Memberships

Other standards

FCA, SMCR & Financial

Providing specialist screenings for the financial industry.

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Baseline Personnel Security Standard

Checks for civil servants, armed forces, temporary staff and government contractors

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PCI Compliance

Ensuring the protection of customers’ personal and payment card details.

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Why us?


No sign up or ongoing costs


Fast turnaround time of 15 days


References chased automatically and by real people


Each screening is vetted by 3 separate pairs of eyes


Unique user-friendly software


Transparent candidate tracking system


First class customer service


Screening certificate and report available to download when completed