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BoE updated webpage: A new messaging standard for UK payments: ISO 20022

On 10 August 2020, the Bank of England updated its webpage on ISO 20022 by adding text below the heading ‘Our timelines and approach’. The inserted text states: “In July 2020, we communicated a change in our migration approach for CHAPS messages to Direct Participants. We will go-live with ISO 20022 in April 2022 as … Continue Reading

Cross-border access to bank accounts

On 7 August 2020, the European Commission published its written response to a question raised in the European Parliament that whilst persons legally resident in the EU are allowed to open a basic bank account within its territory banks sometimes avail themselves of an exception to this rule where granting access to a basic bank … Continue Reading

HM Treasury open consultation – Payments Landscape Review: Call for Evidence

On 28 July 2020, HM Treasury announced a Payments Landscape Review and that it was issuing a Call for Evidence as the first stage in the review. The Call for Evidence sets out the government’s aims for payments networks in the UK, makes a high-level assessment of how well the present system is delivering against … Continue Reading

Commission proposal for a Regulation on cross-border payments in the Union

On 17 July 2020, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a new Regulation on cross-border payments in the EU. It has also published the annexes to the proposed Regulation. The purpose of the proposed Regulation is to undertake a codification of Regulation (EC) No 924/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council … Continue Reading

EPC – get ready for the end of the transition period

On 14 July 2020, the European Payments Council issued an article on its website called ‘Brexit from 1 January 2021 onwards: get ready for the end of the transition period’. Key points in the article include: During the remainder of the transition period the UK will continue operating within the scope of the payment schemes … Continue Reading

CPMI report identifies steps to enhance cross-border payments

On 13 July 2020, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) issued a report, ‘Enhancing cross-border payments: building blocks of a global roadmap’. The report presents the output of stage 2 of a three stage process to develop a global roadmap for enhancing cross-border payment. The report identifies a set of building blocks where … Continue Reading

FCA finalised guidance – Coronavirus and safeguarding customers’ funds: additional guidance for payment and e-money firms

On 9 July 2020, the FCA published finalised guidance regarding coronavirus and the safeguarding of customers’ funds. The finalised guidance applies to authorised payment institutions or small payment institutions, e-money institutions or small e-money institutions, credit institutions and custodians. Guidance for firms on safeguarding and managing prudential risk is currently available in the FCAs payment … Continue Reading

EBA opinion on obstacles to the provision of third party provider services under the PSD2

On 4 June 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued an opinion on the obstacles to the provision of third party provider services (TPPs) under the regulatory technical standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication (SCA) and common and secure communication (CSC). Article 32(3) of the RTS on SCA and CSC requires account servicing payment service … Continue Reading

T2-T2S consolidation: FAQs on migration, testing and readiness

On 28 May 2020, the European Central Bank (ECB) published FAQs for TARGET2 (T2) participants (banks and ancillary systems) providing them with information regarding the T2-T2S consolidation project.  In particular, the FAQs provide such participants with information on the overall migration strategy and the key project milestones, as well as details on service providers, connectivity, … Continue Reading

EBF guidance document on the revised Cross-Border Payments Regulation

On 13 May 2020, the European Banking Federation (EBF) published a guidance document on the revised Cross-Border Payments Regulation. The purpose of the document is to help EBF members in their implementation of the Regulation, in particular with regard to the new obligations related to transparency requirements for currency conversions for card-based payments and credit … Continue Reading

FCA updates webpage on strong customer authentication under PSRs 2017

On 31 March 2020, the FCA updated its web page on strong customer authentication (SCA) under the Payment Services Regulations 2017 (PSRs 2017). In particular the FCA states: the current challenges arising from COVID-19 are likely to affect the planned implementation of SCA for e-commerce. The FCA welcomes the progress so far and industry’s continuing … Continue Reading

PSR update on publication of card-acquiring market review interim report

On 16 March 2020, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) provided an update on when it intends to publish its interim report on the card-acquiring market review it is carrying out. The market review, which was launched in January 2019, is examining whether the supply of card-acquiring services is working well for merchants, and ultimately consumers. … Continue Reading

Pay.UK consults on the adoption of ISO 20022 for UK payment systems

On 4 February 2020, Pay.UK published a consultation paper setting out its proposals for adopting ISO 20022 and other key standards for the clearing and settlement capability that will be enabled by the New Payments Architecture (NPA) infrastructure. The consultation is structured in three parts: the recommended direction for the adoption of ISO 20022 for … Continue Reading

PSR call for input on competition issues arising in New Payments Architecture

On 28 January 2020, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) issued a call for input on competition issues that could arise in the UK’s New Payments Architecture (NPA). The NPA is the UK payments industry’s proposed new way of organising the clearing and settlement of payments between banks, known as interbank payments, including payments that currently use BACs and … Continue Reading

PSR speech providing clarity on its response to APP scams

On 23 January 2020, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) published a speech by Chris Hemsley, Managing Director of the PSR, setting out his views on, among other things, ensuring that victims of authorised push payment (APP) fraud are reimbursed when they have done nothing wrong. The PSR welcomes the voluntary Contingent Reimbursement Model Code (CRM), … Continue Reading

EBA updates guidelines on fraud reporting under PSD2

On 22 January 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published amendments to its 2018 guidelines on fraud reporting under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). Article 96(6) of PSD2 requires all payment service providers to report statistical data on fraud relating to different means of payment to their national competent authorities and that such competent … Continue Reading

PSR consults on confirmation of payee and varying Specific Direction 10

On 20 January 2020, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) published Consultation Paper 20/1 – Proposal to vary Specific Direction 10 (CP20/1). The objective of Specific Direction 10 (SD10) is to reduce losses to customers resulting from authorised push payment fraud and accidentally misdirected payments through the introduction of a “Confirmation of Payee” request on directed … Continue Reading

Payments industry agrees new SEPA card standards

On 15 January 2020, the European Cards Stakeholders Group (ECSG), the industry association overseeing cards standardisation in the Single Euro Payments Area, has published version 9.0 of the SEPA Cards Standardisation Volume (the SCS Volume). Version 9.0 of the SCS Volume takes effect immediately for a three year period. In version 9 of the SCS … Continue Reading

Updated FCA webpage on SCA – use of eIDAS certificates

On 16 January 2020, the FCA updated its webpage on strong customer authentication (SCA) under the revised Payment Services Directive by adding a section on the use of eIDAS certificates. The new section notes that: during the adjustment period (the period where, in certain circumstances, firms have until 14 March 2020 in which to implement … Continue Reading

PSR publishes responses to final merchant survey questionnaire as part of its market review into card-acquiring services

On 24 December 2019, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) published the final version of its merchant survey questionnaire, alongside the non-confidential responses received as part of the PSR’s ongoing card-acquiring market review. For more details on the review, see our previous blog. The questionnaire provides a script of the merchant survey and contains questions regarding … Continue Reading
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