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July 12, 2019: FinCEN Advisory on FATF updates

Advisory on the Financial Action Task Force-Identified Jurisdictions with Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Deficiencies and Relevant Actions by the United States Government

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is issuing this advisory to inform financial institutions of updates to the FATF list of jurisdictions with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies. Financial institutions should be aware of these changes, which may affect their obligations and risk-based approaches with respect to these jurisdictions. The advisory also reminds financial institutions of the status and obligations involving these jurisdictions, in particular the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran.

As part of the FATF’s listing and monitoring process to ensure compliance with its international AML/CFT standards, the FATF identifies certain jurisdictions as having strategic deficiencies in their AML/CFT regimes.1 These jurisdictions are named in two documents: (1) the “FATF Public Statement,” which identifies jurisdictions that are subject to the FATF’s call for countermeasures and/or enhanced due diligence (EDD) because of their strategic AML/CFT deficiencies; and (2) “Improving Global AML/CFT Compliance: On-going Process,” which identifies jurisdictions that the FATF has determined to have strategic AML/CFT deficiencies.2 On June 21, 2019, the FATF updated both documents. Financial institutions should consider these changes when reviewing their obligations and risk-based policies, procedures, and practices with respect to the jurisdictions noted below.3

The advisory then continues with specific sections on Iran and the DPRK, as well as the countries subject to FATF’s ongoing monitoring program. In this second category, Panama was added to the list of jurisdictions and Serbia was no longer subject to ongoing monitoring.

The document also contains reviews of Section 312 guidance, including a specific section for Iran and North Korea, a review of the guidance of the jurisdictions on FATF’s ongoing monitoring list, and a reminder to use the SAR form that was updated in February of this year.


FinCEN Advisory

Categories: Anti-Money Laundering FATF FinCEN Updates


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