Refinitiv World-Check and RiskScreen

Using World-Check data for effective customer screening

The RiskScreen engine relies on best-of-breed data partners to ensure your screening is as effective as possible. Since its inception, World-Check data has underpinned the Know Your Customer (KYC) and third-party risk screening needs of the world’s largest banks and financial institutions, corporates, law enforcement bodies, and government and intelligence agencies. Here at RiskScreen we’re delighted to be able to offer Refinitiv World-Check data to our users.

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World-Check’s dedicated sanctions team monitors and covers all major global sanctions lists on a 24/7/365 basis, including narrative sanctions (sanctions ownership information). 


World-Check monitor all the major international and national watch lists published by governments and independent, nongovernment bodies, 365 days a year.


Approximately 50 percent of the Refinitiv World-Check database comprises Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), relying on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) classification as a starting point.

Adverse Media

Media sources must be reputable and credible according to World-Check’s research guidelines. When allegations are media-based, World-Check aim to verify against alternate sources.

Data Quality Assurance


Refinitiv World-Check’s world-class database of over four million records allows organisations to better have better awareness, knowledge and understanding of risk associated with their customers.

Hundreds of dedicated researchers and analysts based around the world help to maintain the World-Check database, allowing for coverage of over 700 unique sanction, regulatory and law enforcement watchlists. World-Check’s independent global media reports detail incidents relating to financial crime, fraud and corruption – information you may not find on official lists.

World-Check is established across five continents, allowing for around-the-clock monitoring of regulatory lists, major media outlets and governmental institutions. The most stringent and well-established research methodologies are followed, ensuring validity and accuracy of all World-Check data.

How World-Check works, in their own words

  • We have an extensive research infrastructure with offices across the globe, and hundreds of trained analysts speaking more than 60 languages.
  • We maintain a responsible, proportionate ethical approach – only using credible and reputable open source information.
  • World-Check combines human expertise and technology to provide a global, structured database, which is de-duplicated and quality controlled.
  • The data is presented in a highly structured format that can be absorbed into the due diligence and screening process via common formats across a variety of software and technical platforms.
World-Check data is made available only to those who require it to carry out due diligence or other screening activities in accordance with their legal or regulatory obligations or risk management procedures designed to combat financial crime. 

Refinitiv World-Check

A 14-page brochure published by Refinitiv that explains the coverage, aggregation,
and key features of World-Check data.

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