AML/CFT Legislation in Uruguay


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Who are Uruguay's AML/CFT Supervisors?


The Central Bank of Uruguay (BCU)

Coordinating Commission against Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

Its purpose is to organise anti-money laundering efforts and to tackle terrorist funding. It reports to the Republic’s Presidency Office. Its tasks include creating and implementing a knowledge network to assist public bodies in their work, as well as providing statistics and metrics to assess the system’s effectiveness on a daily basis. The Commission may recommend imposing financial countermeasures and sanctions on countries deemed to pose a high risk of money laundering.

National Secretariat for Combating the Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (SENACLAFT)

National Secretariat for Combating the Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism is a decentralised organisation that reports directly to the Republic’s Presidency and exercises technical autonomy. SENACLAFT has the following functions allocated by the 19,574 Law:

  • Develop the policies and national strategies to combat money laundering and terrorism financing
  • Coordinate and implement the corresponding training programs
  • Produce and publish periodical statistics referring to the performance of money laundering system
  • Enforce the corresponding financial penalties
  • Monitor compliance with the rules on prevention of money laundering by non-financial entities bounded by Law (namely, accountants, lawyers, notaries, direct and indirect users and operators of free zones, real estate companies, among others.


Unit of Financial Information and Analysis (UIAF)

Created by the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Uruguay.

AML/CFT regulations in Uruguay

Under the 19,574 Law financial and non financial institutions must:

AML/CFT Reporting Obligations in Uruguay

Law 19,574 requires financial institutions and non financial institutions to submit different reports. Notable reporting obligations include:

Obliged financial subjects

All natural or legal persons subject to the control of the Central Bank of Uruguay are obliged to report transactions, which are unusual, are presented without economic justification or arise with an unusual or unjustified complexity. Financial transactions involving assets around whose origin there are suspicions of illegality must also be reported in order to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing crimes. This information must be communicated to the Financial Information and Analysis Unit (UIAF) of the Central Bank of Uruguay.

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* This page is intended as general information only and should not be relied on as the sole source of information for your AML obligations and AML program. Please visit your local regulatory authority sites for the latest relevant and full information.

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