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Client screening

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.

Problems with previous requests

We are aware that there have been problems with a small number of forms submitted since 18 March 2021 which has meant that we have not received the data necessary to complete your requests. In most cases we are able to fulfil requests for client screening within 24 hours during the working week. If you have any requests that are still outstanding after 3 working days please get in touch with the library enquiry team at library@icaew.com

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.

Help and support

How many reports can I request?

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. 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 & 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.

What does the database cover?

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.

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 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.
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.

Is this the same service that you offered between 2009 and 2012?

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.

Search options

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.

For example:

Search Match %
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.

For example:

Variation  Search Match %
Phonetic Elizabeth Whyte Elisabeth Whyte 96%
Transcription  Boris Jelzin Boris Eltsin 94%
Transcription  Abdülaziz Buteflika
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Transcription Mijaíl Sergéyevich Gorbachov
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
Transcription Lyu Youqing
Lu Youqing
Transcription Somsak Kietsuranon
Somsak Kiatsuranont
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.

Order form

If you need to screen a business, please see our screen an entity page.

Enter one name only, providing as full a name as possible. Please note that we cannot search for individuals where only first initials are supplied.

If you supply a date of birth or a country of citizenship for an individual we will filter our searches using this data.

You do not need to provide an address or any information about associated entities.

If you require a search on an entity associated with an individual, please submit a separate request.

We will use all the data you supply to run a search of the Dow Jones Risk & Compliance database on your behalf.

Your search
Name to be screened: Person
Your details
Terms and conditions

Under the Dow Jones terms and conditions you may not (a) reproduce, distribute, display, sell, publish, broadcast or circulate the Information to any third party, nor make the Information available for any such use; or (b) create or store in electronic form any library or archive of the Information save that, and notwithstanding anything to the contrary, you shall be entitled to retain copies of the Information necessary for archival, regulatory and/or compliance purposes.

Please read the full Dow Jones terms and conditions that would apply to your use of this service. This is a legally binding agreement between you and Dow Jones.

Using your personal information

The protection of personal privacy is an important concern to ICAEW. Any personal data collected will be treated in accordance with current data protection legislation.

We will use your personal data to deliver and administer the services that you have requested.

For more information about our data protection policy please go to icaew.com/dataprotection


After you click submit you will receive an email confirmation of your request. If you do not receive an email confirmation please let us know at library@icaew.com.