Upcoming amendments to the AML/CFT Handbook

Oct 19th '22

On 16 March, Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) advised that we would be undertaking further enhancement and simplification work on the Anti-money Laundering and Counter-terrorist Financing (AML/CFT) Handbook.


The goal is to improve the compliance of Jersey’s regulatory framework with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations.


JFSC’s aim is to also provide you with further guidance on areas where Industry has requested additional clarity. The proposed changes include, but are not limited to:


  • additional guidance on risk appetite and business risk assessments
  • further clarity on identification measures, risk assessments and enhanced Customer Due Diligence (CDD) measures
  • new Codes of Practice in respect of ongoing monitoring of sanctions
  • expanded Code of Practice regarding the competence and probity of certain employees


JFSC has also added some diagrams to assist in the explanation of certain concepts within the AML/CFT Handbook.


To support them in achieving this objective, a series of meetings were held in August 2022 following JFSC request for volunteers to come forward to form an Industry working group. The feedback received on the initial drafts and proposed changes was highly valuable, and we are grateful to those who participated.


Next steps 

Following further revisions, JFSC anticipate being able to publish a full consultation on the proposed amendments to the AML/CFT Handbook by the end of October.


The consultation will last for eight weeks, and we intend to hold at least one drop-in session during the consultation period to allow Industry to seek further clarity on any of the changes proposed.


The proposed amendments comprise a mixture of guidance notes and new AML/CFT Codes of Practice. JFSC has also added some diagrams to assist in the explanation of certain concepts.


The sections impacted are: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 and 16 along with the Glossary.


Source: JFSC


About JFSC

JFSC is the regulator for financial services in the Channel Island of Jersey.


They’re responsible for regulating, developing and supervising the Island’s financial services industry. JFSC aim to deliver balanced, progressive, risk-based financial regulation, built on insight, integrity and expertise.


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