Struggling to tell your AML from your EDI? Compliance loves its acronyms, but sometimes they can be a headache.
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All of the key terms and definitions you need to understand when working within compliance.
The EU's Fifth Money Laundering Directive (2018) aimed to implement amendments to the EU Commission’s Action Plan of 2016 that tackles the use of the financial system for funding criminal and terrorist activities as well as large-scale obfuscation of funds.
The EU's Sixth Money Laundering Directive. An EU directive that focuses on tackling crimes enabled by money laundering (including trafficking, bribery, etc).
Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) provides a regulatory framework for those who manage alternative investment funds, such as hedge funds, private equity firms and investment trusts.
Anti-Money laundering refers to the policies, laws, and regulations to implement in order to prevent financial crimes. See 4MLD/5MLD/6MLD & MLRO
The Anti-Money Laundering International Database (AMLID) is a secure, multilingual database of anti-money laundering laws and regulations, also containing information on national contacts and authorities. AMLID is an important reference tool for law enforcement officers involved in cross-jurisdictional work and is published by IMOLIN (See International Money Laundering Network).
The Bank Secrecy Act (primary US anti-money laundering law, amended by the USA Patriot Act in 2001). Among other measures, it imposes money laundering controls on financial institutions and many other businesses, including the requirement to report and to keep records of various financial transactions.
Beneficial owner, officer or manager in the accounting sector. All of these must be approved by their regulatory body, including passing a basic DBS check.
Chief Compliance Officer. However, more commonly the CCO is a Chief Commercial Officer.
Customer Due Diligence is the identification, verification and Know Your Customer process to adequately assess the risk a customer poses in respect of an organisation's financial crime exposure. See KYC.
Combatting the financing of terrorism (also known as CTF).
Chief Governance Officer. This role tends to cover more than compliance. It may carry responsibility for areas including corporate strategy, CSR, ethics, investor relations, public affairs and risk management.
Corporate Governance Risk or Compliance, Governance and risk.
Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance System. The fraud prevention service in the United Kingdom. Currently, there are more than 250 members of CIFAS in the financial sector and other industries.
A CIRT (computer/cyber incident response team) deals with the impact of IT security breaches.
Chief Information Security Officer.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a form of self-regulation where businesses pursue societal goals. This includes charitable activities or behaving in an ethical manner.
See also ESG.
Counter-terrorist financing (also known as CFT).
The UK disclosure and barring service is a government body that helps to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.
Designated contract market.
Enhanced Due Diligence is additional, 'enhanced' customer due diligence measures which need to be applied by businesses and organisations in higher-risk situations, as per regulations 33-35 of the Money Laundering Regulations.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Environment, Health and Safety.
Employee Learning & Development.
Enterprise risk management (ERM) describes the methods used to manage business risks and seize opportunities.
Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) relate to the sustainability and the societal impact of investing in a business. See also CSR.
The Financial Action Task Force is an intergovernmental body that is responsible for developing and promoting anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards across the world.
The Financial Conduct Authority has a number of statutory objectives. This includes enhancing and protecting the UK financial system's integrity, ensuring it isn't being utilised for a purpose that is associated with any financial crime.
Fit and Proper Test (FIT) refers to an employee who is regarded as suitable to hold a particular position. FIT can also refer to a person who is considered honest and trustworthy.
The Financial Intelligence Unit is a central national agency that is responsible for getting, evaluating and transmitting disclosures regarding suspicious transactions to the relevant, competent authorities. In the UK, this is the NCA.
The UK Financial Services and Markets Act (2000) created the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as a regulator for insurance, investment and banking, and the Financial Ombudsman Service to resolve disputes as a free alternative to the courts. It also created the Prudential Regulation Authority to supervise banks, building societies, credit unions, insurers and major investment firms.
Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) relates to the two areas. Gender equality involves ensuring that opportunities are available equally to individuals regardless of gender. Social inclusion has a similar aim for those in traditionally disadvantaged groups, for example, those from low-income backgrounds.
Global Financial Crisis of 2008.
Human Capital Management
Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the supervisory authority for money service businesses not supervised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), high-value dealers, trust or company service providers not supervised by the FCA or a professional body.
Her Majesty's Treasury is the UK government's economic and finance ministry, maintaining control over public spending, setting the direction of the UK's economic policy and working to achieve strong and sustainable economic growth.
Health, Safety, Environment and Quality.
The IOSH is the Chartered body and membership organisation for safety and health professionals.
The Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce (JMLIT) is a partnership between law enforcement and the financial sector to exchange and analyse information relating to money laundering and wider economic threats.
The Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) produces helpful guidance for the financial services industry on interpreting the MLR and setting out good practice in countering money laundering.
Know Your Customer - ie having sufficient information as to the reasoning why a customer behaves in a certain way.
Know Your Customer’s Customers.
Know Your Correspondent Bank.
Know Your Employee.
The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) replaced the previous Market Abuse Directive and established a strengthened and expanded civil market abuse regime across the EU. MAR extended the market abuse regime so that it applies to more venues, more instruments, and more behaviours.
A Money Laundering Reporting Officer is responsible for making certain that measures for combating money laundering within the business are effective. Under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), an MLRO is also typically the nominated officer.
The National Crime Agency is an organisation that leads the United Kingdom's fight against organised and serious crime. It replaced the Serious Organised Crime Agency in October 2013.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals.
The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) helps to ensure that financial sanctions are properly understood, implemented and enforced in the United Kingdom. OFSI is part of HM Treasury.
Occupational health and safety (also OSH)
The Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS) is a regulator set up by the UK government to strengthen the UK's anti-money laundering (AML) supervisory regime and ensure the professional body AML supervisors provide consistently high standards of AML supervision.
In financial regulation, a Politically Exposed Person (PEP) is one who has been entrusted with a prominent public function. A PEP generally presents a higher risk for potential involvement in bribery and corruption by virtue of their position and the influence that they may hold.
Roundtable on sustainable palm oil.
Quality, Health, Safety and Environment.
Quality Management System.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations were enacted in 1995.
Suspicious Activity Reports are made to the NCA about suspicions of terrorist financing or money laundering.
Swap execution facility.
Safety, Health, Environment and Quality.
Safety, quality and environment.
Suspicious Transaction Report (STR) is a mandatory requirement that is placed on all parts of the trading chain in the financial industry. The purpose is to inform the FCA of any suspicious, or potentially abusive, behaviour that one observes.
An Ultimate Beneficial Owner is a person or entity that is the ultimate beneficiary of a company. Certain financial and other organisations, including banks, currency exchange offices and insurers, are subject to mandatory disclosure of the UBO if doing business with any party.
An Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) is a type of court order issued by a British court to compel the target to reveal the sources of their unexplained wealth.