Book 5 - Conformance Verification Processes - SEPA Cards Standardisation Volume


On 7 January 2014, the European Payments Council () together with the Cards Stakeholders Group (CSG) published version 7.0 of the Single Euro Payments Area () Cards Standardisation Volume (the SCS Volume), ready for market implementation. The SCS Volume defines a standard set of requirements to enable an interoperable and scalable card and terminal infrastructure across , based on open international card standards. The six books of the SCS Volume version 7.0 cover a set of requirements applicable to card-present (face-to-face) transactions to allow investment decisions and implementation based on stable requirements.

Here you find Book 5 (Conformance Verification Processes) of the SCS Volume version 7.0

Book 5 - ‘Conformance Verification Processes’ defines the methods which allow to verify actual conformance with the SCS Volume requirements of a given card or terminal product or device.

  • Based on those requirements, an implementation specification is developed, which allows a solution provider (e.g. a point of sale vendor) to develop products (e.g. a point of interaction terminal) against it. The conformance of a product towards an implementation specification is controlled by the certification process.
  • The labelling process, which is optional, verifies that an implementation specification and its environment conform to the requirements of the SCS Volume.
  • Type approval is defined as a final validation, performed by an approval body, before the product or solution may be deployed and used.

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