Enhancing real-time sharing of actionable information related to incidents and suspicious shipments involving precursors and equipment used in illicit drug manufacture, with a view to assist with investigations and identify emerging trends and modi operandi through INCB PICS

Implementing Organization
INCB
Description

PICS is the only global secure online tool to enhance real-time communication and information-sharing between national authorities on precursor chemicals and equipment incidents. It facilitates multiagency collaboration and multilateral operational cooperation in precursor and equipment related matters and serves as a global early warning system for chemicals. By providing a secure platform for sharing case-related information, documents and pictures in a quick and secure manner, PICS also facilitates backtracking investigations.

PICS is available in English, French, Russian and Spanish languages and recent updates allow it to run on mobile devices too.

Accomplishments to Date

PICS connects nearly 650 users from over 300 national agencies from 130 countries. Till date over 4300 incidents have been communicated through PICS.  

Since its launch in 2012, PICS has assisted in supporting backtracking investigations and identifying common links in several cases. In 2017 and 2018  PICS sharing of pictures and information of seized jerry cans and labels facilitated the linking up and subsequent prosecution of six seizures of acetic anhydride involving almost 22,000 litres of the substance. In the last 5 years alone, incidents shared through PICS prevented the illicit manufacture of more than 120 tons of ATS.  

Information on seizures of non-scheduled substances obtained through this tool is also  key for INCB’s assessments of chemicals for international control.

Project Activities

Providing users with secure communication and detailed, actionable, real-time information on incidents and suspicious shipments of precursors and equipment, including information such as photographs, shipping documents and other documents that can be useful during investigations. 

Helping in the identification of links between incidents and building up cases, including cases involving non-scheduled chemicals and illicit drug manufacturing equipment. 

Providing contact details of the information provider to facilitate direct contact, networking and launching of bilateral/ regional investigations. 

Generating automated alerts to users via email about new incidents and any updates made to published incidents. 

Facilitating and promoting systematic analysis through advanced search features through “google” type (free text) and structured searches with several fixed filtering and dynamic filtering options to refine the search, as well as generation of excel reports.  

Global Level Outcomes

Improved real-time communication and sharing of actionable information on incidents related to precursors and equipment. 

Improved identification of trafficking routes, modi operandi including commonalities in incidents, mis-declaration/ mis-labeling. 

Improved identification of new and emerging chemicals.

National Level Outcomes

Continued and upgraded knowledge on emerging trends and modi-operandi in illicit drug manufacturing as well as new non controlled chemicals used by traffickers for illicit drug manufacturing. 

Back tracking investigations of incidents relating to precursors and equipment leading to better prevention of diversion of the same for illicit purposes.  

Improved national interagency cooperation on precursor and equipment incidents.

As on 31 January 2024, regulatory and/or law enforcement officials from about 130 countries/ territories have access to the PICS platform.

Contact

Precursors Control Section, Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board incb [dot] precursors [at] un [dot] org (incb[dot]precursors[at]un[dot]org); incb [dot] pics [at] un [dot] org (incb[dot]pics[at]un[dot]org)

Current State Participants
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
China
Comoros
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cyprus
Czechia
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
South Korea
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Libya
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Maldives
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia
Morocco
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
St. Lucia
Samoa
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Türkiye
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen