Sanctions Testing

Independent quality assurance for your sanctions filters

Automated, independent sanctions testing. For better, smarter transaction, customer and PEP screening

As a compliance professional, you need to balance complex demands. Regulators expect banks to maintain strong compliance programmes and demonstrate their effectiveness. The sanctions environment is dynamic, with daily changes to sanctions lists, as well as frequent regulatory and business changes. And, your systems must stop illicit transactions, identify sanctioned customers and PEPs – but let legitimate business continue unimpeded.

Our fully-automated Sanctions Testing product helps you meet these challenges by maintaining full control over your sanctions compliance processes while improving their performance and managing costs:

  • Delivers comprehensive, independent quality assurance of your transaction, customer and PEP filters.
  • Assesses filter models, fuzzy matching and false positives and iteratively improves performance.
  • Ensures lists are correct and up-to-date.
  • Captures, tracks and aligns your risk appetite.
  • Maintains control and fully automates your sanctions testing and tuning.
  • Enables you to compare your filter’s performance against that of peer institutions.

Sanctions Testing uses secure web-based technology. It’s easy to implement and integrate with your screening systems.

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Sanctions filters: the expert guide

Sanctions experts offer three essentials for sanctions compliance, outline a four-step plan for effective model validation, and discuss five key challenges facing sanctions compliance professionals.

Real-time filter testing and comparison

Test the performance of your payments, customer and PEP filters without disrupting live operations.

5 questions to ask yourself about your DFS readiness

Drive business benefits from the New York Department of Financial Services’ new certification requirements.

Automate filter and list testing for robust compliance and enhanced performance

Learn how Sanctions Testing helps major institutions strengthen their screening processes and programmes.

Find out more about Sanctions Testing

Learn how we can help you improve screening effectiveness and efficiency.



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Filter testing: improve screening efficiency without compromising effectiveness

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12 July 2017

Learn how a detailed understanding of your filter’s performance and its alignment with policy can deliver more efficient operations

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Sanctions Testing helps banks strengthen transaction, customer and PEP screening

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15 June 2017

Sanctions Testing helps major institutions strengthen screening programmes for transactions, customers and PEPs

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Five questions to ask yourself about your DFS readiness

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9 June 2017

Five questions to ask yourself about your DFS readiness. New requirements from the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) provide opportunity to strengthen sanctions quality assurance and testing programmes.

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Sanctions Testing Testimonial video - Sberbank

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11 January 2017

Larissa Zalomikhina, Global Head of Compliance at Sberbank, talks about the benefits of using Sanctions Testing.

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