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Supplementary consultation on submitting suspicious activity report unique reference numbers

Consultation start date: 02 April 2014

Consultation end date: 23 April 2014


We issued a supplementary consultation on a proposed requirement for licensees to submit unique reference numbers (URNs) to the Commission, in relation to suspicious activity reports (SARs), by way of a key event.

In our wider LCCP consultation Proposed amendments to licence conditions and codes of practice for all operators we indicated that we are exploring a potential change to our regulatory framework in this area.

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) and the Terrorism Act 2000 (TACT), Commission licensed gambling operators have obligations, as do all businesses, in respect of reporting knowledge or suspicion that a person is engaged in money laundering (ML), including the spending of the proceeds of crime, or terrorist financing (TF). The requirement for operators to send us the URNs of SARs submitted will fall upon all licensees and take the form a new key event.

In this short consultation we are seeking views on this proposal, which will require operators to supply us with the URNs of SARs and/or requests for appropriate consent they have submitted, within five working days of the licensee receiving the URN from the United Kingdom Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU).

A key event is our preferred option for this requirement because of the time-sensitive nature of the information being sought, which allows us to promptly match intelligence and enquiries from law enforcement agencies and support criminal investigations.

As this change was outlined in principle in the main LCCP consultation (as set out above), this supplementary consultation will only run for three weeks, to enable stakeholders to provide comments and for us to consider those views, before implementing at the same time as the other LCCP amendments which came into force on 4 August 2014.


You can see the responses in proposed amendments to LCCP individual responses: part 3.


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