We will carry out a maximum of three name checks from a single firm per week — please submit your requests by 5pm on Friday for inclusion in that week's allocation.
Our client screening service can help you to gather due diligence for your client files more quickly and easily. The service checks the names of individuals or entities against a variety of watchlists which identify restricted, sanctioned, prohibited and high-risk individuals and businesses. This includes known terrorists, money launderers, fraudsters and politically exposed persons (PEPs).
Client screening reports are produced from the Dow Jones risk and compliance database.
How many reports can I request?
A maximum of three names (either individuals or entities) per calendar week from a single firm or member may be checked free-of-charge using our service. This service is available for ICAEW members, ACA students and affiliates.
The client screening service is limited to three searches per calendar week at the request of our suppliers as it is only intended as an ad-hoc service. The deadline for the week's submissions is 5pm Friday. Any requests received by us after this point will count towards your allocation for the next week.
Please note if you submit before the deadline on Friday we might not send you a report until Monday, but you would still be entitled to three client screening requests for the new week.
What will I receive once my search is completed?
We will supply a list, in PDF format, of closely matching names that are on the Dow Jones risk and compliance database (see our example search results). In the event that there are no matches, we will supply a search report showing this for your records. If there is a precise and unique match with the details that you have asked us to search for, we will supply a full report as part of the results that we send to you. Otherwise, we ask that you identify any potential matches and request a full report from us (see example report).
All the documents supplied will include confirmation of the time and date that the search was run.
What does the database cover?
The Dow Jones risk and compliance database holds the names of individuals, companies and other entities (e.g. ships) that are contained in over 700 current international official sanctions, risk or exclusion lists, covering 80 jurisdictions. This includes watchlists issued by law enforcement agencies, warning lists published by regulatory authorities and trade restriction lists.
Examples of lists included are the HM Treasury sanctions list, the sanctions list from the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the lists produced by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
The database also includes the details of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and their relatives or close associates.
How frequently are profiles updated?
Profiles are reviewed and updated when a new item of information – such as a significant stage of criminal proceedings – is identified by the Dow Jones updating team.
The information contained in the profiles is derived from news articles published by various media providers around the world. It is not an exhaustive source of information about the individual or any related allegations of criminal activity, but reflects references in those articles to alleged criminal misconduct. The database may not reflect all or subsequent developments in a particular criminal matter; users are advised to conduct a further inquiry for any information that post-dates the date on which the search result was last modified.
How long does it take for updates to sanctions lists to be reflected in the database?
Dow Jones aims to process updates to priority sanctions lists, which include sanctions lists published by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, UN, EU or HM Treasury, within 24 business hours of the data being published or the sanctions coming into force if issued during working hours Monday to Friday.
Is this a client identity verification service?
No. This service checks the names of individuals or organisations against industry, law and regulatory watchlists but it does not verify client identities. However, any negative data or risks identified (e.g. politically exposed persons) through this service can help you in compiling a picture of your client.
For more information on client identity verification, please refer to the guidance on Electronic client identification resources, the CCAB money laundering guidance and the additional guidance on money laundering from ICAEW.
Is this a criminal record check?
No. There is no publicly available list or database of UK criminal convictions so it is not possible to run a criminal record check.
If you were intending to use this service to run a criminal record check for a potential employee you may be able to use the UK government's Disclosure and Barring Service.
Why does my report say 'no results found'?
This service does not verify client identities, but rather checks the names of individuals and organisations against a variety of watchlists. Only those persons and entities which appear in one or more of these watchlists will be included in reports. If no negative data or risks relating to a particular person or entity are recorded in the database, then the report will return zero results.
You can choose to run a 'near' search, which finds close and feasible matches, or a 'precise' search, which finds the closest matches to a name. The default option is 'near' search.
The search type Precise looks for exact and very close matches to the search criteria. Very close matches are those where the first name and surname are inverted or the first name searched is in the middle name field on a profile.
Search Match %
David Cameron 100%
David William Donald Cameron
Bruce David Cameron
Precise does not look for linguistic matches.
Precise does not find a match if there are typos in the searched name or if characters are transposed between the name searched and the name on the profiles.
For example searching Sani Abatcha would not find the record for Sani Abacha, searching David Caberon/David Camreon would not find the profile for David Cameron, David William Donald Cameron or Bruce David Cameron.
Precise is useful for focusing on the closest match to a name.
The search type Near goes beyond Precise to look for linguistic matches such as phonetic and transcription variations and long and short forms of names. It can match common numbers with words and symbols in entity names. It can also match typos in words of a certain length.
Match % Phonetic
Mijaíl Sergéyevich Gorbachov
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
94% Short/long form
90% Entity abbreviation
Aberdeen Management Ltd.
Aberdeen Management Limited
98% Common number/symbols
1st Transport Management OJSC
First Transport Management OJSC
*Typos are only tolerated on names over five characters long if another name element is a 100% match. Otherwise typos are only tolerated on Near on name elements over seven characters long.
On the Search tab, if one element of a person’s name is entered Near will look for that name in the Surname field.
Please note: owing to the characteristics of different scripts, not all of the above variations apply to all scripts.
Near is recommended to take advantage of the linguistic search capability.
Near finds close and feasible matches.
Order form — screening an individual
If you need to screen a business, please see our screen an entity page.