Screening is the process of collecting, comparing and documenting information in order to verify the facts. Often used is verification (from Latin verus = true/prove the validity of a statement)
Unlike a reference check screening is a completely independent and impartial process. The object is to search for origin, authenticy and validity.
Screening can also be automated data retrieval or by searching the available online databases (i.e. business registers, financial registers, address directories, LinkedIn and open sources).