Record keeping is often found to be a problematic area during an AML CFT audit. The lack of record keeping is more common in small and medium sized businesses where communications between staff are informal.To meet the criteria of record keeping it is recommended you consider the following –
- Should a meeting between staff be held where AML CFT compliance is discussed, ensure there is some type of written record of these discussions. Record the date, the staff who were in attendance and at least bullet points on the topics of discussion.
- The AML Compliance Officer and AML Senior Manager(s) should document their reporting.
- A training register should be maintained.
- The rules that a business applies to detect suspicious activity should be recorded in the programme.
- When undertaking account monitoring, record results and determinations made on any red flags.
- Subject to section 49, transaction records must be maintained.
- Identity records must be securely maintained.
- Where documents are obtained in a foreign language, the ability to revert those documents to English must be readily available.