ICA helps set new standards in compliance, anti money laundering and countering financial crime

The ICA has been working with The Financial Skills Partnership and Skills for Justice in the UK to review the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in compliance, anti money laundering and countering financial crime.

  • NOS set standards for professional achievement
  • NOS relate to an individual’s role, rather than any specific context in which they work
  • NOS competency units are designed to help improve individual capacity and capability, enhancing both firm’s performance and the professionalism of practitioners as a whole

The ICA helped develop the first ever NOS in these areas in 2006 and they were revised between 2009-2012. The suites have been updated again in consultation with representatives from the financial services sector and will become available at the beginning of 2016.  

The newly revised standards should provide a strong basis for developing industry best practice, training and development for those working within the sector. 

Before they are released, we would like to gather the views of industry professionals on the revised content to determine that they reflect good practice within these sectors.  


Please take the time to complete one of the surveys below to give us your comments. The survey should take no more than about 15 minutes to complete and you are able to skip through standards so that you can focus on those that are important to you and your work. 


Take the Compliance survey here 

Take the AML survey here

Take the Countering Financial Crime survey here 


The surveys will be open until the end of Friday 15 January 2016.

Your comments and feedback are extremely important to this review and we’d like to thank you for taking part.