PEPs Database & Screening Tools

(Politically Exposed Persons)

The screening of all customers for PEP status is essential to the management of bribery and corruption risk and compliance with the EDD provisions applicable to PEP relationships.

The Dow Jones PEP definition is based on FATF Recommendation 12 together with other regulatory definitions and feedback from industry. The aim of the definition is to provide the best possible coverage of senior political figures for every single country in the world.

A majority of the Wolfsberg Group of banks use Dow Jones data exclusively enterprise wide to manage global PEP risk.

  • Heads & Deputies of State/National Government
  • National Government Ministers
  • Members of National Legislatures
  • Senior Civil Servants of National Governments
  • Senior Civil Servants of Regional Government
  • Embassy & Consular Staff
  • Senior Members of the Armed Forces
  • Senior Members of the Police Services
  • Senior Members of the Secret Services
  • Senior Members of the Judiciary
  • State Corporation Executives
  • State Agency Officials
  • Heads & Deputy Heads of Regional Government
  • Regional Government Ministers
  • Religious Leaders
  • Political Party Officials
  • International Organisation Officials
  • City Mayors
  • Political Pressure and Labour Group Officials
  • International Sporting Group Officials
  • National NGO Officials
  • Local Public Officials

Data Quality Assurance


Providing truly global coverage Dow Jones data is maintained by a team spread across five dedicated research and monitoring centres providing 24 hour coverage across 68 languages. Over fifty percent of the Dow Jones research team are educated to Masters or PHD level.

One key advantage Dow Jones researchers have is the ability to leverage Factiva, Dow Jones 40 year old archive of more than 32,000 sources in 28 languages. Hundreds of thousands of articles from these sources are added to Factiva daily.

Dow Jones was the first list provider to pass a ISAE3000 review and as part of the data quality assurance mechanisms the Dow Jones sanctions data is audited and accredited to international standards.

Dow Jones data is relied upon for AML / KYC screening purposes by the following :


  • 3 of the 4 largest US banks
  • 5 of the 6 largest Canadian banks
  • 44 of the 45 largest Chinese banks
  • 5 of the 7 largest Japanese banks
  • 5 of the 6 largest Spanish banks
  • 4 of the 5 largest French banks
  • 4 of the 5 largest Scandinavian banks
  • 7 out of the 13 Wolfsberg Group



False Positives

By utilising Dow Jones data with our next generation screening technology we are able to reduce false positive results by up to 90% compared to other screening providers whilst providing our customers with a very high level of confidence that true matches are not being missed.


Data should be well organised to enable the screening engine to utilise it in a consistent fashion to deliver accurate results


Data sources should be as extensive as possible including secondary sanctions ownership data


The data has to be constantly maintained and be as up to date and accurate as possible.

Dow Jones Data


Many 'bad actors' engage with businesses utilising aliases. The best data sets contain the most alias data


Images help users identify whether potential matches are true or false


The best datasets capture data across as many languages as possible

Dow Jones Data Quality Report

Dow Jones’s Risk & Compliance Data Quality Report shares information and statistics about its performance over the previous year.