What is a Sanctions Check?

Sanctions checks are specialized searches that include a number of government sanction databases that identify individuals who are prohibited from certain activities or industries.

For example, an Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) check indicates “specially designated nationals, terrorists, narcotics traffickers, blocked persons and vessels and parties subject to various economic sanctioned programs who are forbidden from conducting business in the United States, as well as entities subject to license requirements because of their proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”

Sanctions checks may be performed by a wide range of employers and are often required in regulated industries like healthcare and financial services, and for government contractors.

Healthcare Sanctions Checks

Healthcare sanctions checks generally include a search in a registry of disciplinary actions taken by federal, state and licensing boards and certification agencies. The search results may include debarments, exclusions, probation, and letters of reprimand.