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GSY NEW AML RULES –  DEADLINESS EXTENDED TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 / 30 JUNE 2021

29/04/2020

The revised AML rules take effect on Wednesday, 29 April 2020.  However, the GSY GFSC has decided to ease some of the timeframes in the Handbook rules. Specifically, those timeframes relating to the approval of business risk assessments and policies and procedures and for reviews of existing customers. The Commission notes that its deadline extensions apply merely to the full integration of the revised requirements of the 2019 Handbook into firms’ operational practises.

30 SEPTEMBER 2020.
  • The changes mean that the timeframes for obtaining Board approval of firms’ money laundering and terrorist financing business risk assessments and revised policies and procedures (Chapter 17 of the Handbook), have been moved from 31 May 2020 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2020.
30 JUNE 2021
  • In addition, whilst firms must review all existing customers by 31 December 2021 to make sure that the revised measures in the Handbook are applied, the timeframe for completing reviews of high-risk customers has been changed from 31 December 2020 to ease pressure upon firms.
  • Firms should continue to apply a risk-based approach and are strongly encouraged to ensure that their high-risk customers have been reviewed by 30 JUNE 2021 OR EARLIER IF POSSIBLE.
Commenting on the changes the Director General, William Mason, said:
  • “It seemed to us proportionate to extend the deadlines in the light of the Covid-19 restrictions.  These measures follow earlier measures by the Commission extending prudential regulatory deadlines to relieve pressure on firms.”
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