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Case Study | Isle of Man FIU


The Isle of Man Financial Intelligence Unit (IOM FIU) acts as the Island’s centre for the receipt and analysis of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). SARs are raised by MLROs operating across the Island’s regulated industries relating to Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing. The IOM FIU identifies and promotes the legislative and policy changes required to ensure that the Island’s laws prevent the Isle of Man from being used for national and cross border financial crime and terrorism financing.

The IOM FIU required a solution to replace their historic paper-based system which saw confidential files shared across several government departments for review and comment. Due to an upcoming MONEYVAL inspection, the IOM FIU approached PDMS about the THEMIS platform.


THEMIS is PDMS’s back-office solution that provides financial intelligence units with the functionality to record, manage, analyse and report on financial intelligence. A separate portal allows MLROs to submit suspicious transaction reports online directly to the FIUs. THEMIS complies with the rules of the Egmont Group, who are a body of 164 financial intelligence units who share combined expertise to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

The project saw the IOM FIU’s instance of THEMIS delivered on time and on budget before an impending MONEYVAL inspection.


From the initial project kick-off meeting, THEMIS was delivered to the IOM FIU for User Acceptance Testing (UAT) in four months.

As a result of implementing the THEMIS system, the IOM FIU now uses one digital system that is used to record all SARs and allows for the team to prioritise workload in order of importance. MLROs for Isle of Man companies can also submit any suspicious activities online as soon as they notice anything unusual, 24/7/365 days a year.

THEMIS has allowed the IOM FIU to provide detailed reports for suspected cases in internationally recognised formats, including for the Egmont group.

Following the IOM FIU using THEMIS, the results have been:

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