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 and ACA students. We will carry out a maximum of three name checks from a single firm or member per week.
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 & Compliance database.
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 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.
Variation Search Match % Phonetic Elizabeth Whyte Elisabeth Whyte 96% Transcription Boris Jelzin Boris Eltsin 94% Transcription Abdülaziz Buteflika
90% Transcription Mijaíl Sergéyevich Gorbachov
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
92% Transcription Lyu Youqing
94% Transcription Somsak Kietsuranon
94% 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
99% 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 person, please see our client screening for individuals page.