Coinciding with the implementation of the EU 5th Money Laundering Directive, the UK Gambling Commission has released the 5th edition of its guidance for remote and non-remote casinos on the prevention of money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism, which also comes into force immediately.
The Commission emphasised it recognises that the full implementation of these alterations can take time, something that it will take into account so long as operators have acted and invested appropriately and promptly in order to accommodate the changes.
It adds: “The publication of this updated guidance must result in casino businesses reviewing, and accordingly amending, their money laundering and terrorist financing risk assessments, as well as the associated policies, procedures and controls.”
The main changes to the Money Laundering Regulations which have been incorporated into the 5th edition of the guidance are:
- Taking appropriate measures in preparation for, and during, the adoption of new products or business practices and to assess and mitigate any money laundering risks arising from such adoption, in addition to the existing and similar requirement for new technology (regulation 19)
- Having specific policies, procedures and controls for the measures described above (regulation 19)
- Taking appropriate measures to ensure that any agents that operators use for the purposes of their business are given appropriate training in anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (regulation 24)
- Further direction in relation to what information may be regarded as ‘obtained from a reliable source which is independent of the person whose identity is being verified’ (regulation 28)
- Further requirements for enhanced customer due diligence measures for high-risk third countries, complex or unusually large transactions, and where there are unusual patterns of transactions, or the transactions have no apparent economic or legal purpose, as well as customers who are beneficiaries of life insurance policies or the customer is a third country national who has received citizenship in an EEA state in exchange for the transfer of capital, purchase of property, government bonds or investment in corporate entities in the EEA state (regulation 33)
To read the guidelines in full click here.