Luc Meurant, SWIFT
Brussels - Since the launch of The KYC
Registry in December 2014, membership has been limited to
SWIFT-connected supervised institutions. Starting in September
2017, all supervised financial institutions will be able to join
the Registry, regardless of whether they are connected to SWIFT.
Luc Meurant, Head of Financial Crime Compliance Services, SWIFT, said: "Extending KYC Registry membership to all eligible supervised financial institutions means that current Registry members will profit from even broader coverage of their correspondent banking and funds distribution networks, allowing them to further consolidate and streamline their customer due diligence activities. In parallel, smaller institutions will benefit from industry-agreed standards and best practices in know your customer compliance. As well as delivering efficiency gains and cost savings, the move will foster financial inclusion and further strengthen the Registry's position as the KYC utility of choice for the global financial industry."
The KYC Registry is used by nearly 4,000 correspondent banks and funds players to contribute, share and consume KYC data and documents. The Registry helps financial institutions streamline the exchange of know your customer information to support KYC compliance. Member institutions share their data in response to access requests from their counterparties who 'consume' the data as part of their KYC processes. Each institution retains ownership of its Registry data, and full control over which counterparties can access it.