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Why must we complete these checks?

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted the Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Act, also known as Act 73, which requires employers to conduct background checks on all employees with “a significant likelihood of regular contact with children, in the form of work location, care, guidance, supervision or training.” 

Who is responsible for conducting appropriate background checks?

CHOP’s authorized vendor is Sterling Information Services. Each applicant is required to complete and return a signed consent form (FCRA) to the NTP Office. Within 48 hours of returning or emailing your signed consent, instructions will route to you via email from Sterling Info Systems with information on how to self-register for the FBI fingerprint scan.

What checks are required?

There are three required background checks:

a. Pennsylvania criminal background check

b. Child abuse history clearance from the Department of Public Welfare (DPW)

c. Criminal history report from the FBI verified by a fingerprint check

  • Participants are personally responsible for obtaining the fingerprint-based FBI criminal history record and child abuse history check. CHOP completes the Pennsylvania criminal check via electronic portal. 

Where can the fingerprinting process be started?

The State of Pennsylvania has contracted Identogo (effective November 2017) to manage the electronic fingerprint submission process. Registration is available online 24 hours a day, seven days per week at 

Additionally, see FAQ’s at https://www.identogo.com/uploads/general/FAQs_02_12_18_dw.pdf

What if adverse information is discovered?

Individuals with founded reports are referred to CHOP’s Senior Business Partner (HR) to determine if the applicant is eligible to complete a NTP appointment at CHOP and/or if the appointment needs to be retracted due to the applicant’s arrest history. 

What should I do once I receive the results? 

Your FBI fingerprint scan results must be submitted to the NTP Office for review/approval. The original must be presented. Copies, scans or faxes of the form are unacceptable forms of verification. If you will be hand delivering your fingerprint scan in person our office is located in the Ruth and Tristram Colket, Jr. Translational Research Building (CTRB), 3500 Civic Center Blvd. 2nd floor, Suite 2200.