ALPHARETTA, GA--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2013) -   First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group (STG) company and the leading global provider of screening analytics and identity solutions, today announced that it has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification by the British Standards Institution (BSI). Attaining this high-level certification for the strength of its quality assurance system highlights the company's commitment to continually improving its operational performance and underscores its ability to meet customer needs.

Established by the International Organization for Standardization and the BSI, ISO 9001:2008 is a set of standards related to quality management systems designed to enable organizations to ensure they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders, while complying with statutory and regulatory requirements. As the world's most recognizable quality management standard, the ISO 9001:2008 standard helps organizations increase the efficiency of their operations, realize cost savings and continually improve the quality of their products and services.

In achieving ISO 9001:2008 certification, First Advantage is able to highlight its commitment to providing clients with the highest level of quality assurance for its global, industry-leading screening and identity solutions. Moreover, the certification demonstrates the company's ability to deliver a well-defined quality management system that complies with the most stringent international standards. In addition, with ISO 9001:2008 certification, First Advantage can ensure its operational performance meets customer needs, while motivating and further engaging its employees with more efficient internal processes.

"Having achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification, First Advantage is able to validate the quality of our operational processes and the advanced screening solutions we deliver to our clients," said Mark Parise, CEO of First Advantage. "As the screening solutions market becomes more competitive, this certification provides a significant differentiator that shows current and prospective customers alike our commitment to complying with the most rigid international standards for quality systems and effective operating procedures."

About First Advantage
First Advantage provides comprehensive screening, identity and information solutions that give employers and housing providers access to actionable information that results in faster, more accurate people decisions. With an advanced global technology platform and superior customer service delivered by experts who understand local markets, First Advantage helps customers around the world build fully scalable, configurable screening programs that meet their unique needs. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., First Advantage has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. More information about First Advantage can be accessed at

About Symphony Technology Group
Symphony Technology Group (STG) is a strategic private equity firm with the mission of investing in and being a partner in building great software and services companies. In addition to capital, STG provides transformation expertise to enable its portfolio companies to deliver more value to clients to retain and attract the best talent and to achieve best-in-class business performance. All STG portfolio companies are expected to grow through innovation. STG's current portfolio consists of 12 global companies with combined revenue of approximately $2.5 billion and thousands of employees spread across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit