Guidance Papers & Circulars

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.

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

DocumentDate
Guidance Paper on Transaction Screening, Transaction Monitoring and Suspicious Transaction Reporting (Revised in May 2018)
10 May 2018
Guidance Paper on Anti-Money Laundering Controls over Tax Evasion (March 2015)
31 Mar 2015
Regulation/Guidance/Press

DocumentDate
FATF Mutual Evaluation Report of Hong Kong (For Authorized Institutions)
04 Sep 2019
Feedback from Thematic Review of AIs’ Application of AML/CFT Controls in the SME Segment
14 Jun 2019
Remote on-boarding of individual customers
01 Feb 2019
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
10 May 2018
02 May 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
Amendments to Guideline on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (For Authorized Institutions)
23 Feb 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
Frequently Asked Questions on Customer Due Diligence
25 May 2017
Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters
11 Oct 2016
Frequently Asked Questions on Customer Due Diligence
29 Sep 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
Amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance and Guideline
27 Mar 2015
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 2) Notice 2015
23 Jan 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
Risks associated with virtual commodities
30 Apr 2014
Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's Paper on “Sound management of risks related to money laundering and financing of terrorism”
10 Feb 2014
Risks associated with virtual commodities
09 Jan 2014
Guidance Paper on Transaction Screening, Transaction Monitoring and Suspicious Transaction Reporting
16 Dec 2013
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act in the U.S.
19 Aug 2013
07 Jun 2013
Combating Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction Activities
05 Apr 2013
28 Sep 2012
Amendments to the Guideline on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing
13 Jul 2012
Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act
29 May 2012
Frequently Asked Questions on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance
27 Mar 2012
Guideline on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing
27 Jan 2012
Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act
29 Nov 2011
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance
08 Jul 2011
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Bill
29 Oct 2010
Amendments to Guideline on Prevention of Money Laundering and Supplement to the Guideline on Prevention of Money Laundering
09 Jul 2010
Guidance Paper on Cover Payment Messages Related to Cross-border Wire Transfers
08 Feb 2010
Account Opening for Ethnic Minorities
28 Jan 2010
Second Consultation on Enhancement of AML Regulatory Regime for Financial Sectors
10 Dec 2009
Race Discrimination Ordinance and Amendments to Supplement to Guideline on Prevention of Money Laundering
17 Jul 2009
Consultation on Enhancement of AML Regulatory Regime for Financial Sectors
14 Jul 2009
Risk Classification of Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs)
23 Dec 2008
Guidance Paper - Good Practices on Transaction Monitoring
04 Jul 2008
Decision of the Council of the European Union 2008/475/EC
25 Jun 2008
Guidance Papers on Customer Due Diligence Process for Offshore Companies and Address Proof for Personal Customers
31 Mar 2008
Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing - Guidance Paper on Politically Exposed Persons
13 Nov 2007
Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing – Amendments to the Supplement to the Guideline on Prevention of Money Laundering
13 Nov 2007
Supplement to the Guideline on Prevention of Money Laundering
21 Jun 2007
Amendments to Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance
20 Dec 2006
Supplement to the Guideline on Prevention of Money Laundering
01 Dec 2006
Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Re: Approach to Formalising Use of Supervisory Measures
06 Oct 2006
Combating Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction Activities
25 Sep 2006
Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Activities
14 Nov 2005
Risk-Based Classification of Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs)
05 Oct 2005
Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act
16 Sep 2005
Self-Assessment of Compliance with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Requirements
30 Jun 2005
US Executive Order and USA PATRIOT Act
17 Sep 2004
Anti-money laundering checks on customers from NCCTs
02 Jul 2004
Supplement to the Guideline on Prevention of Money Laundering
25 Jun 2004
Supplement to the Guideline on Prevention of Money Laundering
08 Jun 2004
Supplement to the Guideline on Prevention of Money Laundering
13 Aug 2003
Supplement to the Guideline on Prevention of Money Laundering
31 Mar 2003
The fight against terrorist financing
10 Sep 2002
Guidance in detecting terrorist financing
07 Jun 2002
Further guidance on controls against money laundering
26 Nov 2001
Terrorist Financing
17 Oct 2001
Prevention of Money Laundering
26 Sep 2001
Money Laundering
20 Sep 2001
Money Laundering
18 Sep 2001
Guideline on Prevention of Money Laundering
21 Dec 2000
Money laundering -- reporting of suspicious transactions
09 Jan 1998
Training & Seminars

DocumentNotice Date
17 Jul 2019
Seminar on Hong Kong Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment Report (Presentation Material)
02 May 2018
Seminar on Thematic Review of AIs’ Sanctions Screening Systems (Presentation Material)
22 Mar 2018
24 Oct 2017
08 Jun 2017
26 Aug 2016
Regulatory Update on AML/CFT - Understanding Source of Wealth Requirements (Presentation Material)
31 Dec 2015
07 Oct 2015
13 Aug 2014
02 May 2014
17 Sep 2013
25 Mar 2013
& 25 Apr 2013
17 Aug 2012
Workshops on the Guideline for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance
30 Dec 2011
19 Oct 2011
20 Aug 2010
Anti-Money Laundering Seminar
23 Mar 2009
Anti-Money Laundering Seminar
16 Dec 2008
Anti-Money Laundering Seminar
07 May 2007
Executive Briefing Session on Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
21 Aug 2006
Anti-Money Laundering Seminar
20 Jul 2006
Anti-Money Laundering Seminar for Compliance Officers
11 Aug 2005
Statements / Updates from Financial Action Task Force or Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering*

DocumentDate

 * Circulars issued before 1 January 2013 can be found under “Guidelines & Circulars” in this website

Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force
28 Jun 2019
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force
08 Mar 2019
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force
09 Nov 2018
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force
13 Jul 2018
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force
09 Mar 2018
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force
04 Dec 2017
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
06 Jul 2017
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
07 Mar 2017
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering and the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering
15 Nov 2016
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
13 Jul 2016
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
04 Mar 2016
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering and the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering
04 Nov 2015
Statements issued by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
08 Jul 2015
Statements issued by Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
13 Mar 2015
Statements issued by Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering and the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering
31 Oct 2014
Statements issued by Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
04 Jul 2014
Statements issued by Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
25 Feb 2014
Statements issued by Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
01 Nov 2013
Statements issued by Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
27 Jun 2013
Statements issued by Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering
21 Mar 2013
Last revision date : 13 September 2019