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The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) was established in terms of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act No 38 of 2001, which was amended in 2008. The FIC Act established the FIC in 2003 to administer the FIC Act, as South Africa’s national centre for the development of financial intelligence in accordance with international standards and requirements.
The FIC Act put in place a policy framework to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism. It places compliance obligations on financial institutions and other businesses deemed vulnerable to money laundering.
The FIC was established to:
The FIC Act lists various obligations applicable to certain categories of financial institutions, including the requirement to register with the FIC and to provide reports on certain types of transactions or activities by the clients of these institutions. Both registration and reporting are done on the FIC’s goAML EE online system which is accessed via the FIC’s website www.fic.gov.za
Categories of industries classified by the FIC Act as accountable and reporting institutions are required to register with the FIC. (You can read more about these categories on the FIC website under the Stakeholder Compliance tab on the FIC’s home page.) Registration is done on the goAML EE section of the FIC’s website.
All these reports must be filed electronically on the goAML EE section of the FIC’s website. The goAML system has the capability to accept individual reports and to batch reports.
Please note that all queries relating to goAML EE should be directed as follows:
goAML Registration Guideline – For Accountable and Reporting Institutions