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Scanning process

The scanning process examines text for occurrences of names or other information identified in any of the industry based sanctions lists. Two issues are raised for any screening method. First, the risk of not identifying a blocked person or entity when it is present in the scanned text(false negative). Second, the cost of stopping a transaction when in fact there is not a blocked entity in the scanned text(false positive). The design of the SDN Scanner recognizes that the cost of false negative transactions is high and gives priority to eliminating such items.

Custom list

Sanctions lists include a broad set of names and terms which are in common use. The SDN Scanner supports a Custom list that allows users to improve the accuracy of the scan by qualifying specific text as pre-approved(not in need of further review). The Custom list also allows users to include text which is not specified in the primary sanctions lists. An included entry is treated like any blocked entity and creates a reportable item when matched.

List preparation

Sanctions lists selected by the user and the user's Custom list are combined into a scanning dictionary that's used to examine text.

Sanctions lists

Any combination of lists can be used. The combination can include lists that we publish and the two lists that we support but do not publish. These two lists, the Custom and FinCen lists, you must upload yourself.

Abbr Source Name As Of Date Entry
Count
AKA
Entry
Count
Published
OFCOFAC SDNFeb 20, 20208,15012,822Feb 20, 2020
CNConsolidated ScreeningFeb 20, 202011,24315,245Feb 20, 2020
EUEuropean UnionFeb 13, 20202,0915,573Feb 13, 2020
HMHM Treasury Asset Freezing UnitFeb 20, 20202,1173,637Feb 20, 2020
CSConsolidated SanctionsFeb 18, 2020375917Feb 19, 2020
UCUN ConsolidatedFeb 20, 20201,0093,096Feb 21, 2020
DPDenied Persons ListJan 24, 202045312Feb 5, 2020
FTForeign Terrorist OrganizationsJan 10, 20206955Feb 5, 2020

Differential lists

Every time a sanctions list changes it should not be necessary to scan a large database against the entire list. Instead, it is only necessary to scan the database against the additions to the list. To facilitate differential scanning we produce differential lists. Every time we publish a new sanctions list we compare it to its previous version. In most cases names have been added or dropped. When this happens we publish a differential list consisting of the names that were added and the names that were dropped. Sometimes a new edition of a sanctions list is published that only has changes to remarks and other details that we do not scan. In such cases we do not publish a differential list.

Click on a date link in the As Of Dates column to view the details of a differential list.

Abbr Source Name As Of Dates
OFOFAC SDNNov 5, 2019, Nov 7, 2019, Nov 8, 2019, Nov 18, 2019, Nov 22, 2019, Nov 26, 2019, Dec 3, 2019, Dec 5, 2019, Dec 6, 2019, Dec 9, 2019, Dec 10, 2019, Dec 11, 2019, Dec 12, 2019, Dec 13, 2019, Dec 16, 2019, Dec 18, 2019, Dec 19, 2019, Dec 20, 2019, Jan 3, 2020, Jan 8, 2020, Jan 10, 2020, Jan 13, 2020, Jan 14, 2020, Jan 21, 2020, Jan 23, 2020, Jan 29, 2020, Jan 30, 2020, Jan 31, 2020, Feb 7, 2020, Feb 12, 2020, Feb 18, 2020, Feb 20, 2020
CNConsolidated ScreeningNov 5, 2019, Nov 7, 2019, Nov 8, 2019, Nov 13, 2019, Nov 18, 2019, Nov 19, 2019, Nov 21, 2019, Nov 22, 2019, Nov 26, 2019, Dec 3, 2019, Dec 4, 2019, Dec 5, 2019, Dec 6, 2019, Dec 9, 2019, Dec 10, 2019, Dec 11, 2019, Dec 12, 2019, Dec 13, 2019, Dec 16, 2019, Dec 18, 2019, Dec 19, 2019, Dec 20, 2019, Dec 31, 2019, Jan 3, 2020, Jan 8, 2020, Jan 10, 2020, Jan 13, 2020, Jan 14, 2020, Jan 15, 2020, Jan 21, 2020, Jan 23, 2020, Jan 28, 2020, Jan 29, 2020, Jan 30, 2020, Jan 31, 2020, Feb 7, 2020, Feb 12, 2020, Feb 18, 2020, Feb 20, 2020
EUEuropean UnionNov 11, 2019, Nov 26, 2019, Dec 11, 2019, Dec 20, 2019, Jan 8, 2020, Jan 15, 2020, Jan 22, 2020, Jan 27, 2020, Jan 30, 2020, Feb 5, 2020, Feb 7, 2020, Feb 10, 2020, Feb 13, 2020
HMHM Treasury Asset Freezing UnitNov 12, 2019, Dec 5, 2019, Dec 20, 2019, Jan 17, 2020, Jan 29, 2020, Feb 5, 2020, Feb 7, 2020, Feb 17, 2020, Feb 19, 2020, Feb 20, 2020
CSConsolidated Sanctions
UCUN ConsolidatedNov 5, 2019, Jan 2, 2020, Feb 4, 2020, Feb 6, 2020, Feb 18, 2020
DPDenied Persons ListJan 8, 2020, Jan 24, 2020
FTForeign Terrorist Organizations
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