A politically exposed person (PEP) is an individual who is or has been entrusted with a prominent public function.
Many PEPs hold positions of influence and as a result carry a greater risk, if their influence is abused for the purpose of money laundering, corruption or bribery. In addition to that, any close business associates or family member of these people may also be deemed as being a risk and therefore could also be added to the PEP list.
As part of AMLD4, the definition of PEPs was extended to include domestic PEPs i.e. Irish residents in prominent public functions, and obliged entities will be required to review their customer registers to ascertain if they need to apply Enhanced Due Diligence to any existing customers as PEPs under the new definition, as well as applying these measures to new customers at on-boarding.
AMLD5 is the most recent amendment to the directive (Jan 2020) and requires EU member states to gather and publish a list of what are considered 'prominent public functions' and those who execute these roles are now considered a PEP.
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The CRIFVision-Net PEP Search platform is the culmination of several years of research into this area. While some providers like to promote the idea all AML systems are the same. The truth is they vary greatly in depth, timeliness and coverage of data sources.
The CRIFVision-Net PEP platform provides users with access to over 1.4m PEP's, 4 million profiles of high risk individuals along with 20m supporting documents across 131 jurisdictions. The data grows daily from over 14,000 media sources and is continually monitored. We believe this is the widest global coverage available.
While global reach is important and included in CRIFVision-Net's PEP platform, the vast majority of Irish entities are now seeking to screen and identify PEP's in their Irish customer base, as a result of MLD4. No one else comes close to our coverage of the Irish market in terms of depth and completeness of our data.
For domestic Irish customers CRIFVision-Net enriches our PEP data with local insight and additional datasets to offer more comprehensive PEP, risk and background checks than others, on both Irish companies and individuals.
Unlike others CRIFVision-Net publishes its coverage and sources of our globe data - to ensure our clients know they are receiving the most comprehensive solution on the market.
In addition to this CRIFVision-Net is the only PEP Screening Service in Ireland that enriches our PEP data with local insight and updates to ensure our clients are always receiving the most relevant and up-to-date result.
CRIFVision-Net also extends our Irish PEP screening service to include other services such as Sanction Checks and uniquely bankruptcies, personal insolvencies, disqualified persons, revenue defaults - to offer the widest most in-depth AML checks available in Ireland.