On 26 January 2015, the European Payments Council () published the Direct Debit (SDD) Core Rulebook version 9.0 and the SDD Business to Business (B2B) Rulebook version 7.0. The Rulebook version 9.0, the Rulebook version 7.0, and associated implementation guidelines (see ‘related links’ below) will take effect on 20 November 2016. The period for stakeholders to submit suggestions for changes to the published rulebooks is open and the would like to take this opportunity to encourage all interested parties and stakeholders to submit their suggestions before the 31 December 2015 deadline. These suggestions will then be considered with regard to the rulebook versions to be published in November 2016 to take effect in November 2017.
The has traditionally published updated versions of the scheme rulebooks and associated implementation guidelines once annually in November to take effect in November of the next year. Exceptionally the published the Rulebook version 9.0 and the Rulebook version 7.0 in January 2015. This decision was made to give payment service providers participating in the payment scheme and their suppliers an extended lead-time to implement principal changes incorporated in the 2016 SDD Rulebooks prior to them taking effect.
The evolution of the Credit Transfer () and SDD Schemes relies on close dialogue between the as the scheme manager and the representatives of the demand side of the payments market, as well as providers developing technical solutions which help the market to fully reap the benefits. With the adjusted governance model operational, the constitutes the following two new bodies: the ‘ Scheme End-User Forum’ (SEUF) and the ‘ Scheme Technical Forum’ (ESTF). Details on the role of these new bodies are set out in section 4.4 of the document ‘ Scheme Management Internal Rules’ (see ‘related links’ below). There are currently still a few available slots for European end-user associations on the SEUF and for pan-European technical providers on the ESTF. The , therefore, invites interested eligible organisations to apply for participation in the Scheme End-User Forum and the Scheme Technical Forum, respectively.
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