Sanction Screening

Berkeley works in partnership with Acuant to provide Sanction Screening for clients.

What is Sanction Screening?

Sanction Screening is a compliance requirement for institutions that compare clients' data against a list of people, countries, and business entities that are provided by both domestic and international regulatory bodies, to:

  1. Assess whether they are forbidden from working with potential clients and partners (e.g. Office Foreign Asset Control – OFAC – in the U.S.), and
  2. Assess higher risk clients that require enhanced due diligence and reporting (e.g. Politically Exposed Persons - PEP - Internationally or Domestically).

The eDNA™ Database

Accuant also has an eDNA™ database that was built from digital transactions across the financial ecoystem includes user descriptions, businesses, and relationships to other users and businesses

Users and businesses within the eDNA™ database are described based on a set of attributes, which is used to extend sacntion matching against other recorded profiles:

  • Physical addresses,
  • E-mails,
  • Phone numbers,
  • Payment instruments,
  • Date of births,
  • Devices,
  • Articles of incorporation address,
  • Principals,
  • Ultimate beneficiaries, etc.

e.g. Accuant eDNA™ example:

For example, if User X is transferring money to User Y, a normal sanctions screening procedure would check User X and User Y. With eDNA™ if User Y’s address is associated with User Z, who is a principal of a company on the OFAC list, eDNA™ will alert you to the match within our network of connections.

- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration — Major International Fugitives

- U.S. Marshals Service — Major Fugitives Cases — Top 15 Most Wanted — Most Wanted

- U.S. Secret Service — Most Wanted

- US Department of State Diplomatic List

- Our own Political Exposed Persons (PEP) list.

Screening Lists

Accuant screens users against the following public data sources:

  • Arms Export Control Act (AECA) Debarred List
  • Bureau of Industry and Security — Denied Persons List — Entity List — Unverified List
  • Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
  • Consolidated List of Persons, Groups, and Entities Subject to E.U. Financial Sanctions (EU Freeze List)
  • Consolidated UNSC Sanctions Lists
  • Department of State Designated Terrorist Organizations
  • Department of State Terrorist Exclusion List (TEL)
  • FBI Most Wanted Terrorists
  • Foreign Consular Offices in the US
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Most Wanted Fugitives
  • Interpol Recently Wanted
  • Japan Foreign End Users of Concern
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service — Wanted Fugitives
  • Nonproliferation Sanctions
  • Non-SDN Iranian Sanctions Act List (NS-ISA)
  • Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ Anti Terrorism Financing List
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control — Foreign Sanctions Evaders List
  • (OFAC FSE) — Specially Designated Nationals List
  • (OFAC SDN)
  • Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) List
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police — Wanted
  • Sectoral Sanctions Identifications (SSI) List
  • The List of Foreign Financial Institutions Subject to Part 561 (the Part 561 List)



Accuant Sanction Screening Overview
Consumer API Sanction Screening
Merchant API Sanction Screening
Periodic Testing for Sanctions