Public Consultation on the FATF Best Practice Paper to Combat the Abuse of Non Profit Organisations

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Update to FATF Best Practices Paper on Combatting the Abuse of NPOs

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The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is considering proposals for the update of the FATF Best Practice Paper to Combat the Abuse of NPOs. This project is being undertaken in parallel to the proposed amendments to Recommendation 8 and its Interpretive Note (also under public consultation) to better clarify the implementation of a risk-based approach.

In June 2022, the FATF Plenary agreed to review the Best Practice Paper and established a Project Team of FATF delegations to consider the necessary changes and gather relevant information.

The Guidance/BPP proposed for public consultation reflects the work and discussion of the Project Team, as well as members’ and other stakeholders’ input of relevant case studies and data on best practices to combat the abuse of NPOs.

The FATF is consulting all interested stakeholders in advance of finalising the Guidance/BPP. Views from practitioners, experts and stakeholders from the NPO sector and the financial institutions are welcome.

Of particular interest, comments and additional input is welcome regarding:

  • Mitigating TF risk at an NPO individual level (section 3.2 and Annex B of the BPP);
  • Implementing good governance at an NPO individual level to meet R.8 objectives (section 3.4 and Annex B of the BPP);
  • Financial institutions’ initiatives to ensure access of legitimate NPOs to financial services, including risk-based mitigating measures (section 4.2 and Annex C of the BPP);
  • NPOs and donors’ initiatives to ensure access of legitimate NPOs to financial services (section 4.3 and Annex C of the BPP); and
  • Examples of misapplication of R.8, to identify avoidable practices and to help countries, financial institutions and NPOs correctly implement the risk-based approach.

Please provide your response, including any drafting proposals with the subject-line “Comments of [author] on the draft FATF NPO BPP”, by 18 August 2023 (18h00 CET). This consultation is now closed.

While submitting your response, please indicate the name of your organisation, the nature of your activity, and your contact details. Please note that all submissions received during public consultation will be shared with FATF delegations. 

You may insert any specific drafting proposals directly in the attached text of the draft in tracked changes. We will use your contact information only for the purpose of this public consultation and for further engagement with you on this issue.

At this stage, the FATF has not approved the draft Guidance/BPP and will consider the views received to revise the text before its proposal for adoption at the FATF October 2023 Plenary.

We thank you for your input in advance.