International Anti-Money Laundering Standards for Crypto Expected in October


The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said it is getting closer to the establishment of a global set of anti-money laundering (AML) standards for cryptocurrencies, Financial Times reported September 19.

The FATF is an international organization established in 1989 at the initiative of the G7 in order to develop policies and standards to fight money laundering. The agency’s scope of activities further expanded to combat terrorism financing. The FATF currently comprises 35 member jurisdictions and 2 regional organizations.

The agency’s president Marshall Billingslea reportedly said that he expects the coordination of a series of standards that will close “gaps” in global AML standards at an FATF plenary in October.

At that time, the FATF will purportedly discuss which existing standards should be adapted to digital currencies, as well as revise the assessment methods of how countries implement those standards. Billingslea also outlined the importance of developing standards that can be applied in a uniform manner.

According to Billingslea, current AML standards and regimes for cryptocurrencies are “very much a patchwork quilt or spotty process,” which is “creating significant vulnerabilities for both national and international financial systems”. Billingslea, noted that despite the risks related to this kind of assets, digital currency as an asset class presents “a great opportunity.”

In June, Cointelegraph reported that the FATF was planning to start developing binding rules for crypto exchanges later that month. The new rules would be an upgrade to the non-binding resolutions which were approved by the FATF in June 2015, considering whether existing guidelines on AML measures and reporting suspicious trading activity are still appropriate, and if they can be applied to new exchanges.

Earlier this month, Belgian think-tank Bruegel also called for unified legislation on cryptocurrencies and more scrutiny on how they distributed to investors. Bruegel noted that the virtual nature of cryptocurrencies limits the development of regulations, stating that a piecemeal approach to crypto regulation leaves an opportunity for regulatory arbitrage.



this must immediately be made the rules of money laundering in crypto. Crypto is an easy sector to do this. Every country is worried about this, the indicator is corruptors, terrorists, drug cartels have targeted the sector.


Well, money laundering has been the most important reason of the worries of all Governements in crypto currencies which makes them not believing in it more. Moreover, anonymous coins are really good at keeping everything hidden and anonymous from every one which increases the headache of all the AML agencies.

Lets see what we get in october.


Honestly if money laundering can still happen up until now with the traditional system, how much more with this sophisticated technology using coins anonymously. I wonder how they will get hold of every coin/token and their procedures on how they will track these transactions. And much more, what proactive and preventive means they have to minimize fraudulent transactions, laundering of money.


I don’t think countries all over the world will end up in an agreement. They cannot even get together to decide what to do with global warming or if global warming is even real or just a hoax to push a certain agenda.

It’s basically impossible to have a “global money laundering standard”. There will always be countries that will have their own view on their jurisdiction and unless the bigger countries want to bully them into accepting them (which is not good for a countrie’s rep) there will be places were bitcoin owners aren’t treated as criminals by default.