Configuring RDC

Regulatory DataCorp (RDC) is a data provider you can use to run these checks:

  • PEPs and sanctions screening (individuals)
  • Sanctions and adverse media screening (companies)

PEPs and sanctions screening (individuals)

How it works

This is the default behaviour for a variant of the PEPs and sanctions screening check with RDC as the data provider.

The check is performed by screening an individual’s name and, when available, date of birth and nationality through RDC’s sources to provide a list of the individual’s potential matches to sanctions, politically exposed persons (PEPs), and (if you have access to RDC's adverse media results) instances of adverse media.

Instances of adverse media are only displayed when this check is used on the Assess PEPs, sanctions, and adverse media task.

If no potential matches are found for the individual, the check is marked Completed.

If any potential matches are found, the check returns Unresolved events and the matches are displayed in the check results. By default, all matches are displayed in the Potential matches list.

For every match that’s discovered, a detailed portfolio is displayed. This portfolio provides all available information from RDC about the match’s biography, associates, political exposure, events, sources, and (if available) adverse media.

This check variant is supported for all countries.

Any false positives filtered out by RDC aren’t displayed at all in PassFort. Contact RDC for more information about how they determine false positives and where you can see them.
To reduce false positives, provide the individual’s date of birth and nationality where possible.

Configuration options

You have the following configuration options:

  • Ignore historical matches (optional): When this option is selected, PassFort removes any matches that RDC previously listed as politically exposed or sanctioned but are not on any current lists.
  • Enable ongoing monitoring (optional): When this option is selected, any time a new match is discovered by RDC, the check’s task is marked incomplete, and, if the profile’s application is approved, it’s put into review. When this option is deselected, new matches are only returned from RDC when a user runs the check manually or, if your policy specifies, when a new task version is added to the application. Learn more about monitored applications.
  • Name settings for false positives reduction (required): This is one of three options contributing to PassFort’s false positive reduction service. It determines how PassFort treats results returned by RDC when a result’s name does not match the name on the profile. The value for the option must be one of the following: Allow any matches, Allow close or exact matches, or Allow exact matches.
  • Date of birth settings for false positives reduction (required): This is one of three options contributing to PassFort’s false positive reduction service. It determines how PassFort treats results returned by RDC when a result’s date of birth does not match the profile’s date of birth. The value for the option must be one of the following: Allow any matches, Allow close or exact matches, or Allow exact matches.
If the profile doesn’t have a date of birth (e.g. the field was left blank), date of birth is not used as a factor in identifying false positives.
  • Country settings for false positive reduction (required): This is one of three options contributing to PassFort’s false positive reduction service. It determines how PassFort treats results returned by RDC when a result’s country of nationality does not match the profile’s country of nationality. The value for the option must be one of the following: Allow any matches, Allow close or exact matches, or Allow exact matches.
If the profile doesn’t have a country of nationality (e.g. the field was left blank), country of nationality is not used as a factor in identifying false positives.
To turn off PassFort’s false positive reduction service, set the Name settings for false positive reduction, Date of birth settings for false positive reduction, and Country settings for false positive reduction options to Allow any matches.

What we’ll need

Let us know that you’d like to add a variant of the PEPs and sanctions screening check with RDC and which configuration options you’d like to use. We’ll set it up for you.

We’ll also need:

  • Your RDC username and password: These are the same credentials you use to log into the RDC portal. We recommend you create an account specifically for PassFort and send us those credentials. If you choose to do this, please send us the credentials before you log in to the RDC portal for the first time because when you log in, you’ll be asked to reset your password.
  • Your webhook username and password: You choose what these will be. There are no restrictions on the length or characters in your username and password. For example, you might choose rdc@[yourdomain].com for your username.
  • Global location: The location of your RDC account servers. Can be United Kingdom or United States.

For help getting any of the information above, please speak to your RDC account manager.

To enable ongoing monitoring: Please also contact RDC Support and request that your account sends portfolio results and your username and password to this PassFort webhook URL: https://api.passfort.com/callback/rdc

Ongoing monitoring will not work otherwise.

If you’re using RDC for the PEPs and sanctions screening check (individuals) and the Sanctions and adverse media screening check (companies), the same webhook username and password are used for both checks. You only need to send one request to RDC Support to send portfolio results to the URL above.

Testing your configuration

Once the check variant is configured, follow these steps in your demo environment to test whether it's working as expected.

  1. Does the check complete when no matches are returned from RDC? To run the test, create an individual profile and run the check variant. If the check is marked Completed and no new matches are displayed in the check results, it’s working as expected.
  2. Does the check display PEPs matches returned from RDC? To run the test, create an individual profile with "PEP" as part of the profile’s first name or surname (e.g. "Alex PEP Wheeler"), and run the check variant. If the check status is Unresolved events and there are PEPs matches for David Cameron displayed in the check results, it’s working as expected.
  3. Does the check display sanctions matches returned from RDC? To run the test, create an individual profile with "sanction" as part of the profile’s first name or surname (e.g. "Alex sanction Wheeler"), and run the check variant. If the check status is Unresolved events and there are sanctions matches for Bahsar Al-Assad displayed in the check results, it’s working as expected.
  4. Does the check display adverse media matches returned from RDC? To run the test, create an individual profile with "media" as part of the profile's first name or surname (e.g. "Alex media Wheeler"), and run the check variant on the Assess PEPs, sanctions, and adverse media task. If the check status is Unresolved events and there are adverse media matches for David Cameron displayed in the check results, it's working as expected.

These are the profile details searched in RDC’s sources:

Field name

Description

Notes

Portal: First name(s)

API:personal_details.name.given_names

The individual’s first and, if applicable, middle names.

Required

Portal: Surname

API:personal_details.name.family_name

The individual’s last name.

Required

Portal: Date of birth

API:personal_details.dob

The individual’s date of birth.

Optional

Portal: Nationality

API:personal_details.nationality

The individual’s country of nationality.

Optional

Sanctions and adverse media screening (companies)

How it works

This is the default behaviour for a variant of the Sanctions and adverse media screening check with RDC as the data provider.

The check is performed by screening a company’s name and country of incorporation through RDC’s sources to provide a list of the company’s potential sanctions matches and (if you have access to RDC’s PEPs results and adverse media results) PEPs matches and adverse media matches.

Instances of adverse media are only displayed when this check is used on the Assess sanctions and adverse media task.
Individuals who are company associates (e.g. shareholders and officers) are not screened as part of this check. To screen individuals automatically, create an associate smart policy for the task with a screening check for individuals. Learn how company associates are approved/rejected using associate smart policies.

If no potential matches are found for the company, the check is marked Completed.

If any potential matches are found, the check returns Unresolved events and the matches are displayed in the check results. By default, all matches are displayed in the Potential matches list.

For every match that’s discovered, a detailed portfolio is displayed. This portfolio provides all available information from RDC about the match’s biography, associates, political exposure, events, sources, and (if available) adverse media.

This check variant is supported for all countries.

Any false positives filtered out by RDC aren’t displayed at all in PassFort. Contact RDC for more information about how they determine false positives and where you can see them.

Configuration options

You have the following configuration options:

  • Ignore historical matches (optional): When this option is selected, PassFort removes any matches that RDC previously listed as politically exposed or sanctioned but are not on any current lists.
  • Enable ongoing monitoring (optional): When this option is selected, any time a new match is discovered by RDC, the check’s task is marked incomplete, and, if the profile’s application is approved, it’s put into review. When this option is deselected, new matches are only returned from RDC when a user runs the check manually or, if your policy specifies, when a new task version is added to the application. Learn more about monitored applications.
  • Include adverse media (optional): When this option is selected, PassFort displays instances of adverse media returned from RDC.
This option should only be selected if you have adverse media configured on your RDC account. If you select this option and adverse media is not configured on your RDC account, this check cannot run successfully and error messages are displayed.
  • Name settings for false positives reduction (required): This is one of three options contributing to PassFort’s false positive reduction service. It determines how PassFort treats results returned by RDC when a result’s name does not match the name of the profile. The value for the option must be one of the following: Allow any matches, Allow close or exact matches, or Allow exact matches.
  • Date of birth settings for false positives reduction (required): This is one of three options contributing to PassFort’s false positive reduction service. It determines how PassFort treats results returned by RDC when a result’s date of incorporation does not match the profile’s date of incorporation. The value for the option must be one of the following: Allow any matches, Allow close or exact matches, or Allow exact matches.
If the profile doesn’t have a date of incorporation (e.g. the field was left blank), date of incorporation is not used as a factor in identifying false positives.
  • Country settings for false positive reduction (required): This is one of three options contributing to PassFort’s false positive reduction service. It determines how PassFort treats results returned by RDC when a result’s country of incorporation does not match the profile’s country of incorporation. The value for the option must be one of the following: Allow any matches, Allow close or exact matches, or Allow exact matches.
To turn off PassFort’s false positive reduction service, set the Name settings for false positive reduction, Date of birth settings for false positive reduction, and Country settings for false positive reduction options to Allow any matches.

What we’ll need

Let us know that you’d like to add a variant of the Sanctions and adverse media screening check with RDC and which configuration options you’d like to use. We’ll set it up for you.

We’ll also need:

  • Your RDC username and password: These are the same credentials you use to log into the RDC portal. We recommend you create an account specifically for PassFort and send us those credentials. If you choose to do this, please send us the credentials before you log in to the RDC portal for the first time because when you log in, you’ll be asked to reset your password.
  • Your webhook username and password: You choose what these will be. There are no restrictions on the length or characters in your username and password. For example, you might choose rdc@[yourdomain].com for your username.
  • Global location: The location of your RDC account servers. Can be United Kingdom or United States.

For help getting any of the information above, please speak to your RDC account manager.

If you’re using ongoing monitoring, please also contact RDC Support and request that your account sends portfolio results and your username and password to this PassFort webhook URL: https://api.passfort.com/callback/rdc

Ongoing monitoring will not work otherwise.

If you’re using RDC for the PEPs and sanctions screening check (individuals) and the Sanctions and adverse media screening check (companies), the same webhook username and password are used for both checks. You only need to send one request to RDC Support to send portfolio results to the URL above.

Testing your configuration

Once the check variant is configured, follow these steps in your demo environment to test whether it's working as expected.

  1. Does the check complete when no matches are returned from RDC? To run the test, create a company profile and run the check variant. If the check is marked Completed and no new matches are displayed in the check results, it’s working as expected.
  2. Does the check display PEPs and sanctions matches returned from RDC? To run the test, create a company profile with "sanctions" as part of the profile’s name and run the check variant. If the check status is Unresolved events and there are PEPs and sanctions matches for Rosneft displayed in the check results, it’s working as expected.
  3. Does the check display adverse media matches returned from RDC? To run the test, create a company profile with "media" as part of the profile's name and run the check variant on the Assess sanctions and adverse media task. If the check status is Unresolved events and there are adverse media matches for Roseneft displayed in the check results, it's working as expected.

These are the profile details searched in RDC’s sources:

Field name

Description

Notes

Portal: Company name

API:metadata.name

The company’s name.

Required

Portal: Country of incorporation

API:metadata.country_of_incorporation

The country in which the company is incorporated.

Required


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