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Screen an entity

Use our client screening service to check entities against global risk and compliance data. This service is free of charge but only available for ICAEW members, ACA students and affiliates. We will carry out a maximum of three name checks from a single firm or member per week.

Updates to sanctions

Client screening reports are produced using data supplied from the Dow Jones risk and compliance 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.

Names of entities can be checked against a variety of watchlists which identify restricted, sanctioned, prohibited and high-risk individuals and businesses.

Client screening reports are produced using data supplied from the Dow Jones risk and compliance database.

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.

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If you need to screen a person, please see our client screening for individuals page.

Enter the name of one entity only.

If you supply a country of affiliation, ownership or registration for the entity we will filter our searches using this data.

We will use all the data you supply to run a search of the Dow Jones risk and compliance database on your behalf.

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Name to be screened: Entity
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Terms and conditions

* this can be your membership number or the membership number of a colleague who has permitted you to use this service on their behalf.

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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

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

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