In February, 2016, the Financial Action Task Force published final Guidance on a Risk-Based Approach for Money or Value Transfer Services. This non-binding guidance is applicable to the entire MVTS sector but is primarily aimed at non-banking MVTS providers. The purpose of the guidance is to assist MVTS providers and associated banks, financial institutions and competent authorities in the development of a common understanding of a risk-based approach to anti money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism. The risk-based approach assists in the implementation of the revised FATF International Standards on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation published in 2012. The Guidance outlines key elements in the application of a risk-based approach to AML and counterterrorist financing in the context of MVTS.

The FATF Guidance is available at: http://www.fatf-gafi.org/media/fatf/documents/reports/Guidance-RBA-moneyvalue-transfer-services.pdf and the FATF Recommendations are available at: http://www.fatfgafi.org/media/fatf/documents/recommendations/pdfs/FATF_Recommendations.pdf.