Sanctions Testing

Independent quality assurance for your sanctions filters

Fine-tune sanctions filters to compliance, risk management and operational objectives

Sanctions Testing puts you in control of your filter testing and management, while providing fully independent quality assurance via a secure, easy-to-use web-based tool.

Use Sanctions Testing to assess the performance of your filters. For example:

  • Is your sanctions, customer and PEP list coverage up-to-date?
  • How effective is fuzzy matching?
  • Where are false positives occurring most frequently?
  • Is there a lack of consistency across different business areas?

Then fine-tune and re-tune your filters to iteratively optimise performance in line with your compliance policies and risk objectives.

Real-time testing and comparison

With Sanctions Testing, you can test your payments, customer and PEP filters automatically at scheduled intervals or on demand, without disrupting live operations. Test multiple systems or configurations, or repeatedly test the same system to monitor changes over time. Test results can be tracked, compared, visualised in graphs and charts and exported for audit and other reports.

Puts you in control

Sanctions Testing gives you a wide range of testing options. You can generate test objectives closely aligned to your institution’s compliance policy and risk criteria. You can also customise tests with your choice of sanctions list data and produce them for multiple message formats, including SWIFT MT, ISO 20022, Fedwire, CHIPS and customer record formats.

Sanctions Testing provides thorough testing for exact or “fuzzy” matches, such as misspellings and acronyms, based on a comprehensive library of derivations. Relevant risk information such as BICs, country, city or other keywords can also be included.  

SWIFT Sanctions Testing features

Unrivalled list coverage and support

Sanctions lists are subject to constant change and amendments, making list management a challenge. To ensure your lists are correct and kept up-to-date, use the Sanctions Testing user interface to navigate, search and review key regulatory sanctions lists and your own internal lists. List alerts provide early notification and change reports are standardised to help you manage and prioritise change processes and updates.

Quantify your filter performance  

We’ve worked closely with our customers to define Sanctions Testing features and functionality that helps to meet the dynamic challenges of sanctions compliance. 

For example, Peer Assessment is an optional add-on for Sanctions Testing users, developed in close collaboration with the SWIFT community. It provides baseline aggregated data from peer institutions, enabling banks to evaluate the performance of their filters against key data from other participating users. 

We also offer packaged and bespoke services, such as advice on design and implementation of your testing framework, to help you maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of your sanctions compliance programme.

Model validation

Sanctions Testing helps you verify whether your screening models and filter settings are correctly aligned with your organisation’s compliance policies and risk appetite. You can define tests in line with your compliance and risk policy, test and understand your screening models and verify consistent implementation across your organisation. Our optional Peer Assessment service provides additional understanding of how your filter models operate and how they compare to your peers, for informed compliance decision-making.

Compliance Info Papers

Five questions to ask yourself about your DFS readiness

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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Case Studies

Sanctions Testing helps banks strengthen transaction, customer and PEP screening

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

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Transaction filtering, systems testing and annual certification: driving business benefits

SWIFT paper outlines implications of new DFS regulation, and the potential for banks to develop ongoing review programmes that enhance processes and...

Experts: industry must adapt to address evolving terrorist financing threats

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Compliance Info Papers

Sibos in review: The rise of compliance utilities

In the last few years, increasingly onerous regulatory requirements have prompted the development of shared utility solutions for areas such as KYC, sanctions screening and compliance data analysis. One of the sessions at Sibos 2016 focused on the development of compliance utilities, the potential barriers to success and the factors organisations should consider when building a business case for adoption.

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