Thursday, 16 March 2017
The Government yesterday announced the creation of a new organisation: the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS), as part of work updating the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) supervisory regime: see here. OPBAS will be hosted by the Financial Conduct Authority and will be funded through a fee paid by professional body supervisors. In general terms, the role of OPBAS will be to work with the supervisors to ensure compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations. The Government is seeking views on the precise mandate and powers of OPBAS: see here (pdf). It is also seeking views on draft Money Laundering Regulations 2017 that were also published yesterday: see here.