Firms Haven’t Provided Sufficient AML Training Say ICAEW

Posted on Oct 15, 2021. by NTI

Last month the ICAEW advised that they will return to pre-COVID-19 review practices, including onsite reviews.

The ICAEW annual monitoring report based on supervision and compliance visits completed in 2019 and 2020 highlighted one of the common monitoring issues (which had been raised in prior reports) is that of anti-money laundering. The ICAEW stated in their 2020 report "some firms haven’t provided sufficient AML training to their staff".

Since 2017 it has been compulsory for financial services firms to undertake an annual risk assessment of the firm-wide policies and procedures. They should ensure their policies are up to date and fit for purpose for the type of work their business undertakes, taking into account any changes in the type of work or location of its clients in the last 12 months.

Michelle Mills Head of Technical at NTI advised. "This may seem like a significant amount of work for firms to undertake, and it is!" "AML regulations are not going away, compliance in this area is only becoming more significant and it is only a matter of time before harsher fines are issued if firms do not take their AML obligations seriously".

NTI have been training Insolvency Practitioners for more than 30 years and have launched their own bespoke anti money laundering training in 2020, specifically designed for insolvency firms. "It is recommended that staff complete money laundering training at least every 2 years, or as the rules change, which they did in January 2020", says Michelle. NTI have a full AML training programme ready for staff who are required to undertake AML training.

Until 31.12.21 NTI is offering a 10% discount on their bespoke AML training package, which includes six webcasts and a vital final test. A certificate is provided on completion of the training, enabling participants to prove they have complied with training obligations. "The course takes less than two hours to complete the staff and the firm are then compliant", advises Michelle.

NTI also have a full suite of documents to assist Insolvency Practitioners undertaking the firm risk assessment, as well as the required policy and procedure documents. "The documents can be used as they are, or amended to a firm’s specific requirements. The firm can then reuse them every year, so it really is a great investment" To take advantage of the NTI AML discount package call 01962 676336, email or buy online here

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