Anti-Money Laundering. A set of procedures, laws, or regulations designed to stop the practice of generating income through illegal actions. From a regulatory perspective, the Financial Action Task Force develops and promotes international cooperation to seek to combat money laundering. In the EU, Directive 2005/60/EC introduced measures that seek to prevent the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing. An example of AML regulations is one that requires institutions issuing credit to complete a number of due diligence procedures to ensure that these institutions are not aiding in money-laundering activities. The onus to perform these procedures is on the institutions, not the criminals or the government.