Where to find the Notabene Rules Engine

To make view or make changes to your rules, you can access the Rules page by clicking on your email in the right hand corner of your dashboard and selecting Rules.

You can set rules on transactions to enable automatic approval or rejection of both incoming and outgoing transactions. This will help you to speed up your decision making process and ensure that your compliance team is able to prioritise their time appropriately.

Rule configuration options

No rules

If you want to manually review each incoming and outgoing Travel Rule data transfer, select “No rules”. All data transfers will be directed to your Inbox and will require you to approve/accept or cancel/reject them manually.

This will be the default setting when you first set up your Notabene account.


Basic rules

To automatically approve/accept all incoming and outgoing Travel Rule data transfers, select Basic rules. Under this setting, there will be no transfers directed to your Inbox. All data will be sent/received automatically.

Please note: Paragraph 173 of FATF’s Updated Draft VA and VASP Guidance mandates VASPs to review and verify their counterparty VASP and customer information before processing a blockchain transaction.

Not ready to respond

To automatically set incoming Travel Rule data transfers as not ready to respond.

Advanced rules

Use the Rules Engine to reduce the number of data transfers landing in your Inbox. Save time focusing only on edge case transactions. Decide which Travel Rule data transfers are automatically approved/accepted or cancel/rejected, and which should be subject to manual review by your compliance team, based on combined parameters.


Adding rules to your VASP
To set your rules, go to Account & Settings and click “Rules” in the left-side navigation bar.


Set robust risk rules based on the four parameters below. For each parameter, you can decide to

  1. Automatically approve/accept;

  2. Automatically cancel/reject; or

  3. Send the transfer for manual review.

Counterparty VASP name

Please note: You have the possibility to select a VASP or a particular subsidiary of a global VASP. For example, you may be comfortable accepting transactions coming from VASP "X" Canada automatically but would like to manually review transactions coming from the Iranian subsidiary of the same VASP.

Counterparty VASP jurisdiction


Counterparty wallet address risk score

Please note: You have to have an account with the supported blockchain analytics providers to set this rule. The risk score is based on our partnering blockchain analytics providers.


Sanction list check

Please note: You have to have an account with the supported sanction screening providers to set this rule. The matching score is provided by our partnering sanction list check providers.

Rule methodology and template configuration

The Notabene Rules engine works with a waterfall logic where the order of the rules dictates the order and preference that the system applies rules. This means that the first rule you have in place will take priority over any other rules you have in place.

To help you get started with the Advanced setting, we created a template Advanced rules configuration:

  1. The rules with highest priority cover the parameters that trigger an automatic cancelation/rejection. As an example, our template includes rules to:

    1. Automatically cancel/reject Travel Rule transfers going to/coming from VASPs located in jurisdictions subject to FATF's call for action;

    2. Automatically cancel/reject Travel Rule transfers going to/coming from VASPs that, for other reasons, you may not trust.

  2. Then, we set-up the parameters that should trigger a manual review by the compliance team. As an example, our template includes rules to:

    1. Send Travel Rule transfers flagged with High and Medium risk scores by Chainalysis for manual review

    2. Send Travel Rule transfers flagged with High and Medium sanction matches by Comply Advantage for manual review

      Please note: This configuration needs to be adapted to your own blockchain analytics and sanction screening providers.

  3. Finally, we set-up the parameters that enable an automatic approval/acceptance. As an example, our template includes rules to:

    1. Automatically approve/accept Travel Rule transfers going to/coming from VASPs located in jurisdictions that are FATF members or EU/EEA member states and that are not subject to call for action or increased monitoring by the FATF;

    2. Automatically approve/accept Travel Rule transfers going to/coming from VASPs that you may trust for other reasons.

Your technical team can implement this template Advanced rules configuration by following the instructions here: https://devx.notabene.id/docs/setting-rules-using-api

Please note:

  1. Your rules settings must be defined in consultation with your compliance/legal team or counsels. This template configuration is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.

  2. The list of jurisdictions (i) subject to FATF's call for action and (ii) that are FATF members or EU/EEA member states and that are not subject to call for action or increased monitoring by the FATF was last updated on 23 August 2022.



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