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PEP check, Sanction list, and Adverse media check

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PEP-, Sanctielijst en Adverse media check

PEP-check, Sanction list, and Adverse media check with Validata

A PEP screening and sanction list or adverse media check are often conducted to manage risks. What happens if a (potential) employee or partner has previously behaved inappropriately? Then the (financial) consequences for your organisation could be incalculable. It would not only have internal consequences, but a mishire can also have external repercussions. For example, reputational and associated (financial) damage..

To prevent such situations, performing a PEP screening and a sanction list or adverse media check is a smart move.

Comply with current laws and regulations with a PEP-check, Sanction list, and Adverse media check

Conducting a PEP screening and sanction list or adverse media check is also a safe move regarding current legislation and regulations. For example, the Guidance on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act (Wet ter voorkoming van witwassen en financiering van terrorisme – Wwft) obliges financial organisations to screen their (potential) employees and partners. In addition, the Financial Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht – Wft) has decided that (potential) employees must be screened more rigorously in certain sectors for integrity-sensitive positions.

When checking PEP , sanction lists, and adverse media, we examine the following aspects:

  • Money laundering
  • Committing (financial) fraud
  • The financing or participation in criminal organisations and/or regimes
  • Drug-related crime

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1. PEP check: which international lists does Validata check?

The PEP (Politically Exposed Persons) and associated lists are drawn up internationally. Resources such as local governments, the CIA World Leaders List, and the CIA World Factbook are used. A PEP list consists of five levels with powerful political officials, such as heads of state, government, and parliament leaders at level one and close associates of a PEP at level five.

2. Sanction lists and adverse media checks: what do we focus on?

An international sanction list is  drawn up from sources including the United States, United Nations (UN), European Union, and the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) . During an adverse media check, Validata checks whether a (potential) employee or partner appears negatively on a current list of convicted persons and organisations. A team of researchers check daily publications from financial, regulatory, and disciplinary authorities worldwide . However, anti-corruption agencies such as Interpol, Europol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are also consulted.

Why conduct a PEP-check, Sanction list, and Adverse media check with Validata?

Validata addresses your concerns

As soon as you have registered a (potential) employee and have chosen the matching screening profile, Validata takes the entire screening process off your hands. You can look into the results of the PEP, Sanction list, and Adverse media check in the screening report.

Looks beyond borders

For the PEP-check, Sanction list, and Adverse media check, Validata consults various international sources which are continuously updated.

Is a specialist in employment screening

Validata has been a specialist in employment screening since 2009. As a result of/Because of our many years of experience, we offer a fast and efficient screening process that complies with current (privacy) laws and regulations.


Screen employees with Validata

The success of an organisation depends on having the right employees. Consequently, it is important to make sure you know who you are recruiting and retaining. Validata has created different screening profiles for each sector that can be supplemented as desired. In addition to the PEP-check, Sanction list and Adverse media check, there are numerous other screening checks to choose from.

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