Directive 6 of 2023: Submission of a risk and compliance return by specified accountable institutions

Government Notice 3252 of 2023


South Africa
Financial Intelligence Centre Act, 2001

Directive 6 of 2023: Submission of a risk and compliance return by specified accountable institutions

Government Notice 3252 of 2023

Submission of a risk and compliance return to the Financial Intelligence Centre by specified accountable institutions that are designated non-financial businesses and professionsThis Directive is issued by the Financial Intelligence Centre (the FIC) in terms of section 43A(3)(a) of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, 2001 (Act 38 of 2001) (the FIC Act).This Directive applies to accountable institutions that are designated nonfinancial businesses and professions listed in items 1, 2, 3 and 9 of Schedule 1 to the FIC Act.

1. Purpose of the Directive

1.1This Directive serves to inform all accountable institutions that are designated nonfinancial businesses and professions as specified in this Directive, that they must submit information regarding their understanding of money laundering (ML), terrorist financing (TF) and proliferation financing (PF) risks and their assessment of compliance with obligations in terms of the FIC Act to the FIC through a risk and compliance return.
1.2The information obtained from the risk and compliance return will assist the FIC in forming an understanding of the levels of risk awareness and compliance of the responding accountable institution with the FIC Act and in identifying the ML, TF and PF risks facing different accountable institution sectors as designated in Schedule 1 to the FIC Act.

2. Directive

2.1This Directive applies to accountable institutions that are designated financial businesses and professions and as listed in items 1, 2, 3 and 9 of Schedule 1 to the FIC Act.
2.2The completion of the risk and compliance return is compulsory for all accountable institutions specified in this Directive.
2.3Accountable institutions must answer all questions in the risk and compliance return questionnaire as specified in Annexure “A”.
2.4Accountable institutions must answer all questions based on its understanding of ML, TF and PF risks and its implementation of current risk-based controls in compliance with the obligations set out in the FIC Act.

3. Format and frequency of risk and compliance return

3.1The risk and compliance return covers the reporting period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023, both dates inclusive.
3.2The risk and compliance return must be submitted to the FIC no later than 17:00 on Wednesday, 31 May 2023.
3.3The risk and compliance return is an automated return. Accountable institutions are required to populate the information directly via a link as made available on the FIC website.

4. Effective date and non-compliance

4.1This Directive is effective from the date of publication in the government gazette.
4.2Non-submission of the risk and compliance return will be considered non-compliance with this Directive and may result in an administrative sanction, in accordance with section 62E read with section 43A(3) of the FIC Act.
Issued by:The Financial Intelligence Centre24 March 2023
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