According to Central Bank of Bahrain’s (CBB) circular OG/309/2022, all retail banks must comply with the requirements stipulated in Chapter 5 of operational risk management module. The CBB is planning to inspect ATM installations selectively. Non-compliance could lead to suspension of ATM and financial penalty.


To comply with OM moule banks must:

  • Record details of site risk assessment
  • Notify the CBB in writing when ATMs are installed, removed or terminated
  • Equip ATMs with panic alarms and remote signaling
  • Ensure ATMs are equipped with closed-circuit television (CCTV)
  • Request regular site sweeps if the area is covered by public CCTV
  • Ensure adequate and effective lighting
  • Install fire alarms and fire defense measures
  • Replenish ATMs using specialised service providers
  • List maintenance, replenishment and inspection visits by staff or other authorised parties


How can we help?

Contact us to schedule an ATM physical security assessment.

Mohammed Ashraf
Executive Director
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