These implementation guidelines (IGs) set out the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) rules for implementing the Inter-Payment Service Provider (PSP) ISO 20022 XML message standards based on version 1.1 of the 2023 SEPA Direct Debit Business-to-Business (SDD B2B) rulebook, which enters into force on 17 March 2024.
Note: On 24 October 2023, the EPC decided that the migration of the SDD B2B scheme to the 2019 message version of ISO 20022 would be postponed to 17 March 2024. Consequently, the initial entry-into-force date of the 2023 SDD B2B rulebook and related IGs has been postponed from 19 November 2023 to 17 March 2024.
In terms of content, version 1.1 of the IGs is exactly the same as version 1.0, and hence there is also no impact on version 1.0 of the SEPA XML Schema Definitions (XSDs).
It is important to note that the 2023 IGs take into account the following changes that were already decided back in 2020:
- Migration to the 2019 message version of the ISO 20022 standard.
- Alignment of the attribute numbering between the four SEPA payment scheme rulebooks.
A list of main changes relative to version 2021 V1.0 has been included in the 2023 IGs. In addition, a separate document (addendum) has been published which provides a detailed overview of all the changes.
An errata document, which lists an update to these IGs, was published on 27 April 2023.
SEPA XML Schema Definitions (XSDs) related to the aforementioned IGs are also made available. (Note: XSD files can be opened via a text editor (e.g. Microsoft Notepad) or XML Schema editor).
Disclaimer: SEPA XSDs are not developed for ‘production’ purposes, they are to instantiate the business rules and restrictions contained in the implementation guidelines in a formal interchange format, sometimes referred to as Technical Validation Subsets (TVSs). Production instantiations should refer to the default ISO 20022 namespaces.