Circulars & Guidance Papers

Circulars aim to inform AIs of new regulatory requirements with which AIs should comply, as well as the local and international development on AML/CFT.

Guidance papers aim to provide practical guidance to assist AIs and their senior management in designing and implementing their own policies, procedures and controls in the relevant operational areas, taking into consideration their special circumstances, so as to meet the relevant AML/CFT statutory and regulatory requirements.

Recent circulars and guidance papers can be found on this webpage.  Circulars that are outdated or superseded by subsequent documents are housed under Archive section.

 

Circulars

DocumentDate
23 Dec 2019
Managing ML/TF risks associated with virtual assets (VAs) and virtual asset service providers (VASPs)
16 Dec 2019
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force
24 Oct 2019
FATF Mutual Evaluation Report of Hong Kong (For Authorized Institutions)
04 Sep 2019
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force
28 Jun 2019
Feedback from Thematic Review of AIs’ Application of AML/CFT Controls in the SME Segment
14 Jun 2019
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force
08 Mar 2019
Remote on-boarding of individual customers
01 Feb 2019
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force
09 Nov 2018
Frequently Asked Questions in relation to Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism
31 Oct 2018
Supervisory Policy Manual (SPM): AML-1 “Supervisory Approach on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism” (For Authorized Institutions)
19 Oct 2018
Amendments to Guideline on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (For Authorized Institutions)
19 Oct 2018
United Nations Sanctions (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) Regulation
13 Jul 2018
Amendments to Guideline on Exercising Power to Impose Pecuniary Penalty under s 23(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance (For Authorized Institutions)
27 Apr 2018
Feedback from Recent Thematic Review of AIs' Sanctions Screening Systems
12 Apr 2018
FATF Guidance on Counter Proliferation Financing
08 Mar 2018
Circular on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) (Amendment) Ordinance 2018
02 Feb 2018
Circular on Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Terrorist Financing : United Nations Sanctions
31 Jan 2018
Guideline on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing – Address Verification Requirements
11 Oct 2017
Circular on Combating Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction Activities
17 Aug 2017
Circular on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) (Amendment) Bill 2017
23 Jun 2017
Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters
11 Oct 2016
De-risking and Financial Inclusion
08 Sep 2016
United Nations Security Council Resolution concerning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Combating Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction Activities
18 Mar 2016
Basel Committee on Banking Supervision revised the “General guide to account opening”
19 Feb 2016
31 Mar 2015
AML/CFT web page and revised approach to inform AIs of updates to the United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Ordinance and United Nations Sanctions Ordinance
30 Dec 2014
FATF Risk-Based Approach Guidance for the Banking Sector and Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment
19 Dec 2014
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act in the US
13 Nov 2014
Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's Paper on “Sound management of risks related to money laundering and financing of terrorism”
10 Feb 2014
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act in the U.S.
19 Aug 2013
07 Jun 2013
28 Sep 2012
Guidance Paper on Cover Payment Messages Related to Cross-border Wire Transfers
08 Feb 2010
Account Opening for Ethnic Minorities
28 Jan 2010
Consultation on Enhancement of AML Regulatory Regime for Financial Sectors
14 Jul 2009
Risk Classification of Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs)
23 Dec 2008
Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Activities
14 Nov 2005
Last revision date : 23 December 2019