Providing reliable data to support enforcement
The Observatory works with the European Union enforcement authorities to establish best practices in data collection across the EU. The Anti-Counterfeiting Intelligence Support Tool (ACIST) converts the collected data into harmonised format so that it can be compared and aggregated.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Intelligence Support Tool (ACIST) is the European Union database that gathers statistics on detentions of articles that are suspected of infringing intellectual property at borders and in the internal markets
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ACIST provides information on the counterfeited and pirated goods detained at all EU Member States' borders. It also provides information on the national markets of 17 Member States.
Which Member States provide data to ACIST?
What kind of data can I find in ACIST?
ACIST generates a series of reports that present:
- Detention evolution over a period of time.
- Detentions by Member State.
- Cases by country of provenance.
- Detentions at border or inland.
- Proportion of the different categories of confiscated goods.
- How the intellectual property right was infringed.
Who can use ACIST?
ACIST has been developed for enforcement authorities and policymakers. There is free access to a limited amount of information.
With ACIST you can:
- Identify best practices for data collection in 28 Member States.
- Collect reliable and independent data for policy-making.
- Plan detention strategies (good routing, trends, etc.).
- Facilitate cross-border and inter-agency coordination and cooperation.
Additionally, enforcement authorities can use the tool to register and manage their own detentions.
If you are interested in registering or have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does the tool work?
The EU Observatory cooperates with the European Union enforcement authorities to establish best practices regarding data collection. The tool can be used in two different ways:
- As a daily tool, where detentions are reported on a regular basis. For enforcement authorities that do not have an internal harmonised tool for reporting, ACIST can be the solution. The tool is open for use by any authority interested, and training is offered to start using the tool. The reports already programmed allow reviewing and correcting data but also easy reporting. Data can also be exported for further treatment.
- As a complementary reporting tool. If you already have your own reporting system, you can use the bulk upload to share your data with the other EU authorities through ACIST. The harmonised format can be downloaded and allows the upload of a group of cases in one single step. In this way, information can be updated twice a year or every quarter. The Observatory helps in the harmonisation of data as an initial step to simplify the task.
Once uploaded, data can be corrected, validated and published. The data is only made visible to other parties when it has been published.