Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

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On 1 December 2012, the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The following changes to terminology have resulted:

  • A standard CRB check has become a standard DBS check.
  • An enhanced CRB check has become an enhanced DBS check.
  • An enhanced CRB check with Barred List check has become an enhanced check for regulated activity.

Key dates relevant to the operation of the new service include:

  • Since 28 March 2013, only DBS application forms have been processed.
  • Since 1 December 2012, DBS certificates have been issued for all completed criminal record checks. However, CRB certificates that had already been issued remain valid.

DBS has announced that the new “Update Service” will be launched this summer. This new service will enable individuals to register once for a DBS check which will then be automatically updated and available for organisations to check.