Use our client screening service to check individuals or entities against global risk and compliance data. This service is free of charge but only available for ICAEW members and ACA students. We will carry out a maximum of three name checks from a single firm or member per week.
Names of individuals or entities can be checked 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 using data supplied from the Dow Jones Risk & Compliance database.
A maximum of three names (either individuals or entities) per week from a single firm or member may be checked free of charge using our service.
The client screening service is limited to three searches per week at the request of our suppliers as it is only intended as an ad-hoc service.
We will supply a list, in PDF format, of closely matching names that are on the Dow Jones Risk & 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 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.
The Dow Jones Risk & 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.
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.
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.
No. The service we are providing today comes from a new supplier and the watch lists searched by this product are different to the product we used previously.
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 namesearched is in the middle name field on a profile.
|David Cameron||David Cameron||100%|
|David Cameron||David William Donald Cameron||100%|
|David Cameron||Bruce David Cameron||96%|
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.
|Phonetic||Elizabeth Whyte||Elisabeth Whyte||96%|
|Transcription||Boris Jelzin||Boris Eltsin||94%|
|Transcription||Mijaíl Sergéyevich Gorbachov
||Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
|Short/long form||Joe Allman||Joseph Allman||90%|
|Entity abbreviation||Aberdeen Management Ltd.||Aberdeen Management Limited||98%|
|Common number/symbols||1st Transport Management OJSC||First Transport Management OJSC
|Typo*||David Caberon||David Cameron||77%|
*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.
If you need to screen a business, please see our screen an entity page.