Bookkeeping is a regulated profession following the revisions to the Money Laundering Regulations (MLR) in 2007 and again in 2017. If you are providing a bookkeeping service to clients or are seen as carrying out bookkeeping 'by way of business' you must:

    • be monitored by an HM Treasury appointed supervisory authority, such as ICB
    • put in place certain controls to identify, prevent and report money laundering offences – known as anti-money laundering or AML

For more information on the meaning of 'by way of business' please visit HMRC Manual MLR2R1300

Fitness and Propriety

As per Regulation 26 of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017, external Bookkeepers and Beneficial Owners, Managers and Officers of a Bookkeeping Practice must not have any unspent Schedule 3 criminal convictions relating to fraud and dishonesty. 

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Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (AML)

Members with an ICB Practice Licence are automatically supervised by ICB under the MLR. As an ICB Practice Licence holder, compliance with the MLR is dependent on you satisfying the requirements of the MLR as well as ICB requirements as your supervisor. Please refer to the printable AML To Do List download for more information.

> AML To Do List on the AML Forms & Checklists page

Log in to AML online to update your online anti-money laundering records 

Log in to MyICB to update your details, add BOOM information, DBS Basic Checks, and check your membership status

> Apply for a Practice Licence


Detailed AML Guidance for ICB supervised practices:

AML Guidance


Confidential AML Whistleblowing hotline:

0203 405 7581

Supervision by another body

You need only have one AML supervisor.  If you are a member of another HM Treasury appointed supervisor, such as ICAEW or ACCA, please forward a copy of supporting documents to

As an ICB member in practice you are still required to hold a Practice Licence even if you have an alternative AML supervisor.

Supervision of non-members

ICB is pleased to extend its anti-money laundering supervision scheme to practising members of the following bodies:


Please contact us if you would like further information.

0203 405 4000




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