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UK organisations

A list of government departments and agencies responsible for the UK money laundering regime. We have also listed the major organisations issuing guidance in this area.

UK Government departments and agencies

HM Revenue & Customs

HMRC offers a series of guides on the Money Laundering Regulations.

National Crime Agency

The National Crime Agency (NCA) replaced the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) on 7 October 2013. The NCA has taken over the running of the UK Financial Intelligence Unit and is responsible for receiving, analysing and disseminating financial intelligence submitted through the Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) Regime.

UK guidance issuing bodies

Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB)

The CCAB's latest Anti-Money Laundering Guidance for the Accountancy Sector was published in March 2018. Supplementary guidance for tax practitioners was published in July 2019.


The Money Laundering section of the website collects ICAEW guidance for accountants in practice and business. 

The ICAEW anti-money laundering (AML) service is a package of online systems and training seminars tailored to meet your requirements.

The ICAEW Library also holds copies of ICAEW publications on money laundering.

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

The FCA is the competent authority for supervising compliance of most financial institutions with the Money Laundering Regulations. It also produces an annual anti-money laundering report.

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

The AAT's regulations on professional ethics include explicit policies on AML and compliance.

Bar Council

In March 2018, the Bar Council's money laundering and terrorist financing document was approved by HM Treasury.

Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)

The CIOT provides a dedicated section for its members on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing

Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers (IMPLO)

The IMLPO was established in 2001 as a forum for anti-money laundering practitioners.

Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG)

The JMLSG is formed of the leading UK trade associations in the financial services industry. It publishes guidance setting out what is expected of firms and their staff in relation to the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Law Society

The Society produces compliance documents for legal professionals on AML.

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