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Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

What is the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)?

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an intergovernmental body that functions as a global watchdog, setting the international standard for anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) procedures.

This standard is called the FATF Recommendations and includes requiring countries to regulate and supervise financial institutions.

How are the AML/CTF controls of financial institutions measured?

Financial institutions must also abide by their own set of AML and CTF controls that help the FATF understand their business:

  • The countries in which the institution operates, as well as the diversity of their operations
  • The risk associated with each area of operation
  • The distribution channels that they use
  • The volume and size of transactions, and the extent of business conducted through third-parties or intermediaries
  • The nature scale and complexity of their business

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