Screen for heightened risk individuals and entities globally to help uncover hidden risks in business relationships and human networks.
  • 240+ countries and territories covered
  • 100% sanctions, watch and regulatory list coverage
  • Specialist research: Threat Finance, Organized Crime, Middle East
  • Extensive global media research; 100,000's of reputable sources
  • Helps satisfy demands for KYC, AML, CFT, PEP due diligence
  • Part of a comprehensive customer due diligence program

A global screening solution

As regulatory demands continue and new laws are introduced, organizations are faced with the burdensome task of assessing, monitoring and disclosing risk, while having to remain competitive.

Since inception World-Check risk intelligence has helped serve the KYC and third party screening needs of the world’s largest banks and financial institutions, corporates, law enforcement, and government and intelligence agencies.


A better way to identify financial crime and reputational risk.

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What we do is high quality, more comprehensive

With hundreds of research analysts based across all global regions and speaking more than 60 local languages, we deliver the widest financial crime related coverage available.

We monitor over 530 sanction, watch and regulatory law and enforcement lists, and hundreds of thousands of information sources, often identifying heightened-risk entities months or years before they are listed. In fact, in 2012 alone we identified more than 180 entities before they appeared on the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list based on reputable sources identifying relevant risks.

Going far beyond official sources

Information is collated from an extensive network of 100,000's of reputable sources, which include:

  • 530+ sanction, watch, regulatory and law enforcement lists
  • Local and international government records
  • Country specific data sources
  • International adverse electronic and physical media searches
  • English and foreign language data sources
  • Relevant industry sources

Advanced features that save time and money

World-Check advanced features increase name matching accuracy and reduce remediation time to support a simplified and accelerated customer due diligence process. In many cases, false positives have been reduced from 30% to 15%.

Features include among others, the sub-classification of PEPs; highlighting native names in 40+ non-Latin scripts; location/country based risk intelligence for AML and Anti-Corruption compliance; and the translation of risk profiles to help compliance departments with multinational staff work faster.

The research process

Risk intelligence is sourced from the public domain, is de-duplicated, structured into individual profiles, and linked where associations or networks occur. As a result, profiles show networks and links to associated entities, not found on official lists. Our researchers are bound to comply with strict research criteria and to remain objective at all times in reporting what is available in the reputable public domain. This process is subject to quality control processes and is audited regularly.

Extension, Opt-In Content Sets

Thomson Reuters offers opt-in, extension independent content sets that fall within the broader remit of KYC risk intelligence. These sets are included for your convenience but they are independent from Thomson Reuters so additional terms, conditions and disclaimers may apply to the use of such services.

Iran Economic Interest (IEI)

Allows clients to screen all of their customers, partners, employees and business transactions for potential Iran sanction risk. Supported by a specialist Iran EDD Report.

Real-Time Sanction Set

For payment processing compliance; designed to be used as part of an automated compliance screening process. It supplies global organizations that screen time-sensitive money transfers and conduct high-speed financial transactions with the most up-to-date sanctions information for fast, reliable screening.


The System for Award Management (SAM) is a US government initiative to consolidate procurement databases, which include lists of excluded and restricted parties. SAM contains organizations and entities that are either restricted or prohibited from doing business with the US government.

Thomson Reuters Country Risk Ranking Intelligence

Detailed risk based information on more than 240 countries and territories. Such information pertains to the specific country, as opposed to any particular profile subject located in that jurisdiction.

IHS Maritime Vessel Data

Reveals both the identity, location and ownership structure of a vessel. Includes among others, previous vessel names, current and previous ownership structure and details on all sea-going, self-propelled merchant ships of 100 GT and above, irrespective of their classification.

Key Features

Key Benefits

Truly Global Research

Research hubs in all global regions with research analysts speaking over 60 local languages ensure the high quality and comprehensive intelligence.

Continually updated intelligence

Research conducted 24/7 by hundreds of analysts result in more than 20,000 new profiles and 40,000 updated profiles per month, together with any necessary removals that are required in accordance with our strict data retention guidelines, helping ensure the database remains as up to date, accurate and relevant as possible.

Advanced Features

For compliance officers there can be an enormous flow of information that needs to be checked and constantly monitored in a fast paced environment. Features are available to allow our customers to streamline information flow as they feel appropriate for their business and appetite for risk. Such streamlining features are “opt-in” and would be activated only at the sole discretion of the customer.

Support the process of complying with regulator demands

Supports the compliance process with regulatory demands for KYC, AML, CFT and PEP due diligence and forms part of an auditable due diligence process.

Profile subjects

All profile subjects have the right to contact World-Check to request a copy of the data held on them and to request that we consider updates or corrections as appropriate. Our profile subject access process is set out in our World-Check Privacy Statement. Our clients are also encouraged to inform their counterparties that they intend to conduct a World-Check search against them prior to conducting such search.

Case Study

Top 10 Reasons for Using World-Check

For organizations concerned with business relationship risk and financial crime compliance, World-Check effectively powers a variety of identity verification, AML/CFT/PEP1 screening and KYC due diligence processes.


Iran - Who Is Steering the Ship?

Compared to strident ideological tone of the previous regime, the election of Hassan Rouhani as President of Iran is likely to lead to a more nuanced style and pragmatic approach, particularly in relation to Iranian nuclear ambitions, its aspiration to dominate its region and fixing its brittle economy and weak currency.


Profit Or Provenance - Or Both?

This paper examines why it is not enough for firms to determine the provenance of the companies and institutional entities with whom they are dealing; they also need to establish the credentials and provenance of the people in the chain.


Insurgency, Instability, Intervention: A snapshot of Mali and the Sahel region threat landscape

This White Paper explains the Mali and the Sahel region threat landscape. While the recent French-led military intervention appears to have forced Islamist militants from their former strongholds in northern Mali, the country's overall security situation is still far from stable.

Product Name

Product Benefits

Thomson Reuters World-Check One

Thomson Reuters World-Check One combines World-Check risk intelligence with the next generation of automated screening software. Purpose built to maximize World-Check data.

  • cloud-based
  • single name/initial screening
  • ongoing monitoring
  • batch uploads
  • secondary matching
  • case management
  • customizable workflow
  • advanced name matching algorithms
  • filtering
  • advanced administrative and reporting capability
  • high volume client names (100+ million)
  • advanced name matching technology with non-Latin character and translation capabilities
  • MRZ passport verification tool
  • ‘Report Name’ function with direct link to World-Check research
  • a host of reporting options for auditing
Thomson Reuters World-Check Online

Cloud-based, single name screening application for manual, name-by-name checks against the full World-Check dataset.


  • secondary matching against 30+ identifying fields
  • MRZ passport verification tool
  • adverse media checks with Reuters newsroom
  • the full Country-Check application
  • ‘Report Name’ function with direct link to World-Check research
  • option of several Advanced Features created to optimize the due diligence process
  • advanced name matching technology with non-Latin character and translation capabilities
  • a host of reporting options for proof of due diligence.
Thomson Reuters Screening Deployed

Internally installed screening platform that offers comprehensive security and convenience. It fits seamlessly with internal systems and allows for all screening to be completed on site. A powerful combination of World-Check intelligence and optimized, user friendly software, Thomson Reuters Screening Deployed provides a superior and comprehensive risk management service.


  • case management software solution designed to adapt to regulatory change
  • adaptive rule-based filtering means accurate screening results – spend less time remediating false positive matches
  • Secondary matching
  • PEP Sub-classification and vessel screening ability
  • Boosts workflow efficiency, saves compliance costs
  • Capable of handling large volumes of data
  • For management reporting, the system enables effective summaries of the overall screening process and results, and simplifies preparation of reports on suspicious transactions.
Partner Network Platforms

While Thomson Reuters offers in-house software for World-Check, the data is platform agnostic and is accessed globally through a variety of platforms in our partner software network; each optimized for specific customer needs. Contact us for more information.

Thomson Reuters Country Risk Ranking

Strengthen existing AML and Anti-Corruption programs with a concise ranking of countries by economic, political and criminal risk factors. Thomson Reuters Country Risk Ranking uses 200+ sources of real-time data and enables the FATF recommended risk-based approach by offering an accurate, fact-based view of country risk. Geopolitical risk intelligence is also useful for mergers and acquisitions, the security of a supply chain, cross border expansion and exploration and production.