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GIA ENHANCES KYC PROGRAM, ALL CLIENTS MUST UPDATE THEIR AGREEMENTS

The “Know Your Customer” (KYC) program means all GIA's clients need to re-confirm their identity
GIA New York
Credit: Iris Hortman

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced the enhancement of its “Know Your Customer” (KYC) program, which means that all “new and current laboratory clients will be required to confirm the identity and ownership of their businesses”.

 

Diamond grading at a GIA laboratory
Credit: Valerie Power, GIA

 

On May 1, the GIA has began to contact current laboratory clients with an invitation to update their personal and business information, provide required documentation and to sign and submit a digital client agreement.

 

gia lab diamonds report
Credit: GIA

 

Elizabeth Keating, GIA’s chief ethics and compliance officer, said: “GIA will only conduct business with reputable customers, suppliers and other third parties involved in legitimate business activities whose funds are derived from legitimate sources. As a global Institute, we have a responsibility to make all reasonable efforts to determine the true identity and ownership of client accounts, their source of funds and the nature of their business […]”.



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